Report: Sony To Unveil With New Music, Video Service For PSN

Sony is reported to be taking a shot at Apple's stronghold on the digital music and video market with a new multimedia subscription service, coming to the PlayStation Network (and beyond) next year.

The Financial Times reports that Sony will unveil that music and video subscription service at the IFA technology show in Berlin. The service, which would replace Sony's long defunct Connect music store, is expected to begin its life on Sony's PlayStation platforms and extend to other networked Sony devices, from televisions to Vaio computers.

Sony head honcho Sir Howard Stringer has long promised a PlayStation Network service that expands to a wide range of electronics, so this comes as little surprise. Actual visible progress of that expansion would be welcome.

Chief competitor in the space, Apple, is holding its own musically themed event in San Francisco on September 1, at which updates to iTunes, iPod and Apple TV are expected to be announced.

Sony rises to digital-media challenge [Financial Times]


    It'll be interesting to see if their pricing is any better than the sick joke that is their PSN movie download/rental service.

    With a back catalogue as extensive as Sony's they may be able to provide some pretty serious competition.

    Good luck to them, but I think it may be a little too late as Apple have a huge share out there which is mostly due to the huge popularity in iPhones.

    Interesting to see how they'll pitch the music side of things, given that Vidzone does a good enough job at being a streaming loungeroom jukebox, and is free...

    Lol, stronghold? Try stranglehold. Doesn't matter though, reguardless whether you buy your music or not, you're still going to be a criminal.

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