Download Service You Probably Never Used Finally Decides To Cut Its Losses

Jun 19th, 2007 // 2 Comments

sonyconnect1.pngSony Connect–the Sony-powered download store that was Windows-only and Internet Explorer-only, and that trafficked in the Sony-developed standard ATRAC–will close over the next few months, and 20 people will be laid off. The service’s hookup with the PlayStation Portable didn’t quite serve as the catalyst that Sony executives thought it did, and we’re guessing that its early hostility toward the MP3 format also turned off users. (Hands up if you thought it was even selling MP3s now.)

Sony Connect To Close Music/Video Services; Focus on Servicing Playstation Group; 20 People To Go [paidContent]

  1. Hyman Decent

    MP3 files can’t be DRM-protected, right? So Connect was far from alone in not selling MP3′s. Methinks you confused Connect with the Sony consumer electronics group’s initial aversion to the MP3 format.

  2. Hyman Decent

    Or, confused WMA for MP3.

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