Report: Sony debuting an iTunes-like media service for PS3 and PSP later today

Wednesday, 1st September 2010 04:36 GMT By Nathan Grayson


Connect is dead. Long live whatever this thing is gonna be called!

The Financial Times (registration required) is reporting that Sony’s set to hop back into the ring with Apple’s 800 lb. gorilla iTunes service for a second round after its Connect service came back in a body bag. Apparently, the new service will ask for some form of subscription fee in exchange for both music and videos, and is set to debut during the IFA technology show in Berlin, which begins later today.

According to the report, the service is scheduled to launch on PS3 and PSP sometime next year, with plans to expand onto other devices from Sony’s magical tech toy factory like Bravia TVs, Ericsson phones, and Vaio computers.

So basically, it’s the good old PlayStation Trojan Horse Gambit  version 3.0. First there was DVD on PS2, then Blu-Ray on PS3, and now a media service. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and there are certainly worse ways to force your way into a tough market.



  1. revsoul

    And it’s included with Playstation Plus subscriptions!!!
    Yeah way to go…
    What? the article didn’t say that?
    Oh, my bad

    /goes back to not being in the Dead Nation beta/

    #1 4 years ago
  2. theevilaires

    should be interesting. I hate itunes.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Crysis

    i could go on living my life unchanged if apple was burnt to the ground, not like i’m suggesting anything >:)

    #3 4 years ago
  4. KAP

    @3 – Lol

    “Connect”, “Kinect”… Isnt that some copyright infringment? No? Ok.

    ATRAC. Another dead format along with UMD. HA!

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    Nah, if Sony wanted to go for copyright infringment they have stuff thats alot closer.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Crysis

    Sony is still sticking with their memory sticks, yet another dead format, damn Sony is arrogant, but i still love them :)
    But UMD has it’s uses, but it will never catch on beyond the psp, but i think it may still be cheaper to manufacture than the DS’s cartridges, so we may still see it next gen as an optional add on or alternative console (maybe a download only & a UMD with download support alternative) but the one with only one option should NOT be the more expensive varient, I’m looking your way PSPgo >_>

    #6 4 years ago
  7. DarkElfa

    Of course Sony is arrogant. All these companies are arrogant. Companies used to be all about trying to give you the most value for the lowest price, the most bang for your buck if you will. Now all they want to do is give you the least they have to for the greatest price they can charge. Its a complete reversal.

    We could be and should be heading for a massive consumer backlash against modern business practices by these companies. They release subpar equipment, unfinished games and in the case of Xbox Live, practically nothing at all and charge higher and higher prices every year. There are no business ethics, no “customer service”, only what makes the board of directors and the investors the most money.

    …and the rape of the modern consumer goes on unabated and unchallenged by the victims…

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Crysis

    the only way to challenge it, is to not give into it, think Live is a rip-off, well don’t use it, but there’s MORE than enough people willing to fork out the money for Live, so how can anyone sucessfully challenge what so many other simply ‘bend over’ for, if i enjoy Reach enough, i will sadly get Live again, i won’t be happy about it, but there’s nothing i can do.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. DarkElfa

    My point exactly and our generation is the most to blame because we’re simply handing it all over. The companies figured it out a while ago that if they just make subtle changes they can slowly drain us dry and get us to except the most absurd of policies. The company leading the way of course is none other than Apple. Steve Jobs being the Orwellian super bastard that he is created a cult of personality around himself and from there manage to charge a markup on his goods that range from 200 to 400%, take away the freedoms and choices normally granted to consumers and make them bat shit insane to eat it all up with a smile like Torquemada with a dungeon of torture victims that are wealthy, foolish and there by choice.

    Hell, other companies saw that and said damn, I’m gonna get me some of that stupid money that Apple’s getting…and they have.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    Trying another failure?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Crysis

    @9, never bought an apple product, never plan to, it’s the same product as anything else, but they think just because it has the Apple name on it they can charge 200-400% above price? well they can, but that’s when i draw the line of support, when it’s become beyond riduclous, i would rather a core 2 quad laptop over an ipad any day, roughly the same price too, though the laptop has more functions & i can assue you i would rather see Windows rather than Mac, not that i’m a fan of MS either, but atleast they aren’t ridiculous in their prices. hell i’d use Linux over Mac, does Apple even sell their OS seperate?-i’m pretty sure they do not & force you to use an Apple product for their OS

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    @11 Apple products maybe overrated, but some of them are great. Like iMac or iPod Touch.
    Personally i like iPod touch. It’s not overrated compared to iPhone, so i’m waiting for the new version of it.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. justiceblob

    @12 agreed. people who have never owned an apple product cannot have an opinion IMO. Call me a sheep, but I LIKE being in a closed Eco-system where I know that everything I wish to do has a system that is optimised for that product.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Crysis

    @12, that’s your opinion, but when i see two products next to each other with similur hardware specs, i then look at the price & not once has Apple been the cheaper brand, they’re a luxury brand, like Sony is in their products, except MUCH more expensive, i see a VAIO next to an iMac, half the price, double the performance, & i’m thinking ‘what the hell?’ why would i pay double for a computer with less functions.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Hybridpsycho

    @9 (DarkElfa)

    Will you marry me? :D

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    @14 I agree with you on that, but iMac and PC are different. Personally i prefer PC over iMac but thats because of gaming, Mods, upgrades.
    VAIO is more of a Rip Off compared to iMac btw. VAIO is a very good piece of hardware and it works very well, but there are a lot of other devices like ACER and ASUS that are the same Lap Tops just with weaker brands.
    iMac is a different thing and you pay for the difference.

    + i also think that the Iphone is a total Rip off and who will buy that piece of crap is a sheep and deserve to be ripped off no matter what, but product like iPod touch is not that bad if you really think about it.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. DrDamn

    “Companies used to be all about trying to give you the most value for the lowest price, the most bang for your buck if you will. ”

    Exactly when was this lovely time when most companies did this? As far as big companies go it’s always been this way. They want to make as big a profit as they can, there are lots of different ways to do this but very few big companies ever have taken the ‘most value for the lowest price’ approach.

    I think the change in recent times is information available to us as consumers and a shift by companies on where they try to make their money.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. DaMan

    Macs are awesome btw, they sure are pricey but you get what you pay for: quailty. let alone the OS, which is light years ahead of Microsoft’s disaster.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. LOLshock94

    wait VAIO is shit?

    #19 4 years ago
  20. cookiejar

    Wow, the opinions people have on here are interesting :)

    #20 4 years ago
  21. DaMan

    I don’t really know what the prices (on notebooks that is) are in America , and btw I always thought Apple stuff is cheap there, but where I live it’s not that much of a difference. more pricey, but not that much, not nearly as with desktop PC and Mac.

    but, tell you what.. if I only wanted to browse the internets and listen to video game music I think I would’ve never bought a Mac.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Aimless

    Hmmm, subscription… Hopefully it’s something along the lines of the Zune Pass. That’s always struck me as a pretty good deal, but a bit of a moot point for me given that the hardware still hasn’t been released in Europe.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Erthazus

    @19 VAIO? VAIO is not shit. It’s just overpriced. It’s a very good Lap Top series, but you can have ACER or ASUS with the same configuration much cheaper. Reliability will be the same.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. frostquake

    I think I am the only person who actually enjoyed Sony Connect. I downloaded a butt load of songs to my PSP Memory Sticks…and yep, even after backing it all up 5 Times, all 5 Units I lost over $1000.00 US, yep a Thousand!!!

    So in one hand I am looking forward to this if they are at least the same price as i-tunes, or WISH WISH WISH, they are cheaper then i-Tunes…On the other hand I am worried, I don’t want a repeat of Sony Connect!!!

    #24 4 years ago
  25. AHA-Lambda

    that is the worst name ever! O_o

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Crysis

    heard that name before, quite a while ago, music service was one of their theories as to what the heck it would be, qriocity is a horrible name though =\ wonder if this will be free to PS+ users containing an alternative subscription of some sort for non PS+ members, as i have stated before, it’s services what people want, content is great but there’s numerous reasons as to why it’s not great for a subscription deal, for one, unless it’s new content, there’s the chance you may already own some of the content on offer, & unless there’s some great offer the month you have a look at it, nothing there may interest the individual.

    #26 4 years ago

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