Sony’s recently-closed Connect music downloads store is unlamented, to say the least. Yet the timing seemed a bit strange, given that everyone from Nokia and Amazon through to Wal-Mart is getting into the music downloads market. Now they’ve been joined by… Sony?
That’s what the Wall Street Journal is reporting, anyway, suggesting that Sony plans to launch a new music AND video download store, for use through PS3, PSP and Bravia HDTVs. It certainly makes sense for PS3, where music and video downloads are a no-brainer.
But the devil will be in the detail, particularly when it comes to what DRM (if any) Sony puts in place – one of the big factors in Connect’s failure. If it’s a closed environment where your purchased songs and videos can only be played on Sony products, it’d be a shame. A predictable shame, but a shame nonetheless.