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Sony resurrects its Connect music service

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 29 Mar 2008 17:43 User comments (20)

Sony resurrects its Connect music service Although they closed down the service last June, it seems that Sony BMG is looking to resurrect its Connect music service.
Sony CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz has confirmed the launch of what users are calling "Son of Connect", a service which gives unlimited access to the label's catalog for about 8 per month.

Making the service more interesting is that if a subscriber quits the service then they can still keep some of the downloaded music. The songs will also be playable in non-Sony devices.

No other labels have joined into the service as of yet so the general consensus is that Sony will fail for the third time in a row.

Sony's first digital store, PressPlay, failed due to high DRM restrictions and a Limited catalog. The original Connect was only supported on Sony's own ATRAC players and had crippling DRM as well.


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20 user comments

129.3.2008 21:50

hehe, 1st comment! lol

no, but i wanna say i s, well..it's kinda off topic but wat the heck i'm gonna say it!

Apple iPod!

ryt , isn't it jus the most frikkin anoying thing ever built , i mean.. how hard cud apple hav posibly made it for the user to put music into it!! !! !! grrrr..

yh u can once u no (realplayer,itunes) , but y nt just a simple Drag and drop method? any1 know tht? cuz i dnt!
Tht suks, and plus i dnt know how to use frikkin iTunes, it's so complicated ,and intimidating! i hav vista on my laptop so nw i cant transfer my music into my iPod through realplayer.. i hav to use iTunes , and i dnt know how to use tht frikkin excuse for a software.!!
any1 tried puttin any pictures into an iPod? its a nightmare!

229.3.2008 22:03

Ressurect. man so its like a Zombie online service.

MMM... MUSIC.... Uhhggg....

drm.... ugghhhh

329.3.2008 22:30
WierdName
Inactive

Some companies realize when a business venture is just plain stupid and will fail, and therefore through in the towel... But not Sony.

430.3.2008 2:30

Originally posted by ammad123:
hehe, 1st comment! lol

no, but i wanna say i s, well..it's kinda off topic but wat the heck i'm gonna say it!

Apple iPod!

ryt , isn't it jus the most frikkin anoying thing ever built , i mean.. how hard cud apple hav posibly made it for the user to put music into it!! !! !! grrrr..

yh u can once u no (realplayer,itunes) , but y nt just a simple Drag and drop method? any1 know tht? cuz i dnt!
Tht suks, and plus i dnt know how to use frikkin iTunes, it's so complicated ,and intimidating! i hav vista on my laptop so nw i cant transfer my music into my iPod through realplayer.. i hav to use iTunes , and i dnt know how to use tht frikkin excuse for a software.!!
any1 tried puttin any pictures into an iPod? its a nightmare!
First of all, when setting up iTunes, I find it best if I set it to organise my files manually. I also enable disk use. These settings can be found on the "Summary" tab after you click on your device (found on the left on the window under "DEVICES").

Once you open iTunes, on the left of the window you will see categories under "DEVICES"...

Click on "Music", you can then drag and drop music onto the iTunes interface, which is then automatically transferred onto the iPod.

Click on "Movies", and you can do the same... etc.

In regards to pictures, click on your device again and open up the "Photos" tab, show the iPod where you pictures folder is and press sync.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 30 Mar 2008 @ 2:34

530.3.2008 4:59
nobrainer
Inactive

A failed sony service that is doomed to failure again.

Its a rental service with tracks that expire after a given time, so its sony (DRM) time, as usual. $8 a month for mostly manufactured crud like:

B*Witched, Backstreet Boys, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears,Westlife, 'N Sync.

oh sony, you know good music!


This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 30 Mar 2008 @ 4:59

630.3.2008 14:30

People never cease to amaze me. From this:

Quote:
Sony resurrects its Connect music service

29 March 2008 16:43 by DVDBack23
Although they closed down the service last June, it seems that Sony BMG is looking to resurrect its Connect music service.

Sony CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz has confirmed the launch of what users are calling "Son of Connect", a service which...
we get to this:
Quote:
Apple iPod!

ryt , isn't it jus the most frikkin anoying thing ever built , i mean.. how hard cud apple hav posibly made it...
<blunt troll sarcasm> ;-) This is a discussion of Sony's potential stupidity, not a discussion of itunes. That can be found here.
</blunt troll sarcasm>

</ipod discussion>
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 30 Mar 2008 @ 23:21

730.3.2008 15:09

Quote:
People never cease to amaze me. From this:
Quote:
Sony resurrects its Connect music service

29 March 2008 16:43 by DVDBack23
Although they closed down the service last June, it seems that Sony BMG is looking to resurrect its Connect music service.

Sony CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz has confirmed the launch of what users are calling "Son of Connect", a service which...
we get to this:
Quote:
Apple iPod!

ryt , isn't it jus the most frikkin anoying thing ever built , i mean.. how hard cud apple hav posibly made it...
<blunt troll sarcasm> ;-) This is a discussion of Sony's potential stupidity, not a discussion of human incompetence with using itunes. That can be found here.
</blunt troll sarcasm>

</retarded ipod discussion started by douche who can't type>
Knock it off! No personel attacks. if you have nothing nice to say than say nothing at all.

Now i dont think this service is up to the task, however i do believe it may have a chance if they remove the DRM. thats all they,
have to do. believe it or not there are people who lisen to Nsync, B.S.(britiny Spears), And Back Street Boys
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 30 Mar 2008 @ 15:10

830.3.2008 17:50

H0bbes, yes you are right... ammad123's post regarding his iPod troubles were off topic. However, the fact that I helped him should have been seen as the right thing to do as hopefully now he will have no more problems. The way I see it, I had two options. 1) I use a post telling him that he shouldn't have posted here and redirect him to a more appropriate thread, or 2) I make a quick post about how to use iTunes.

Either way, I had to post something off topic in order to get this thread back on track. Which do you think is the more efficient option? I believe option 1.

I do need to question why you felt the need to be sarcastic as your post is no more favourable to the topic of the thread than his. In actuality, ammad123's at least served the purpose of helping out with iTunes. What did your post do?


"Great minds discuss ideas... Average minds discuss events... Small minds discuss people"

PS3 compatible video creation thread... mkv2vob, tsMuxeR etc.: http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/621809
The complete HD (Blu-ray/HD-DVD) back-up thread.: http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/639346

930.3.2008 18:16

ontopic
I believe that sony is targeting to get this to PS3/PSN too.

offtopic
I agree with H0bbes post,

Originally posted by Ryu77:
What did your post do?
He just said the truth, how things are, no one can blame him for that.
he also gave a help link.

1030.3.2008 19:59

SDF_GR, what are you talking about? The truth is H0bbes directly insulted ammad123, which is clearly against forum rules.

It was my post that provided help to ammad123 in the first place. There was absolutely no need to carry this conversation any further. What is the benefit of providing a link for something that I already answered? I had complete right to address H0bbes as I originally handled ammad123's post with a level headed response.

This is the sequence of events here...

- ammad123 posts about his iPod troubles (off topic).
- I offer a quick post to help (to get back on topic).
- Then H0bbes insults him (taken off topic again and against forum rules).
- DXR88 tells H0bbes to knock it off! (to get back on topic).
- Then I address H0bbes (to support DXR88 but in a way to prevent any further argument).
- Then you have a go at me (taken even further off topic).

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 30 Mar 2008 @ 21:40

"Great minds discuss ideas... Average minds discuss events... Small minds discuss people"

PS3 compatible video creation thread... mkv2vob, tsMuxeR etc.: http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/621809
The complete HD (Blu-ray/HD-DVD) back-up thread.: http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/639346

1130.3.2008 21:03

Correction Ryu That was me.

Also i was referring to this remarke

Quote:
</retarded ipod discussion started by douche who can't type>
That could have been left out.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 30 Mar 2008 @ 21:05

1230.3.2008 21:26

Originally posted by DXR88:
Correction Ryu That was me.
Ok, I see now... I will amend my post. I agree with what you are saying. There is no need for personal attacks at all. I just didn't want to this erupt in an argument. SDF_GR's comment confused me as it seems like he is endorsing H0bbes post, which was full of insults.

I hope we can leave it at that now and leave this news article open for related discussion...
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 30 Mar 2008 @ 21:44

"Great minds discuss ideas... Average minds discuss events... Small minds discuss people"

PS3 compatible video creation thread... mkv2vob, tsMuxeR etc.: http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/621809
The complete HD (Blu-ray/HD-DVD) back-up thread.: http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/639346

1330.3.2008 21:46

Agreed.

My last post here.

1430.3.2008 23:19

Perhaps I was too harsh. I apologize for the insulting words, which have been removed, but I stand behind my sarcasm, the point I was driving, and the help offered by posting the link I offered for ammad123.

1531.3.2008 7:44

Everyone observe rule #6, the rules are in my sig...also get this thread back on topic.



1631.3.2008 12:25

H0bbes :

</retarded ipod discussion started by douche who can't type>

* I don't care if you removed the offending remark or not.
* I don't care if you think someone else is off-topic or not.
* I don't care if you later lament, "Perhaps I was too harsh".

If I ever see you call another member a "douche" again, I Will ban you.

Don't do it again. -- A_K --

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 31 Mar 2008 @ 12:28

171.4.2008 17:58

Ok.

181.4.2008 18:06

Originally posted by nobrainer:
A failed sony service that is doomed to failure again.

Its a rental service with tracks that expire after a given time, so its sony (DRM) time, as usual. $8 a month for mostly manufactured crud like:

B*Witched, Backstreet Boys, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears,Westlife, 'N Sync.

oh sony, you know good music!
True, I don't know very people who would listen to these artists, but Sony does have several sub-companies that have a decent catalog of artists. There's also quite a large number of Sony Classical artists for those who like it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Sony_BMG_artists
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 01 Apr 2008 @ 18:11

193.4.2008 11:42

I know its really easy to beat up on Sony but please check your facts.

Rolf Schmidt-Holtz is NOT the CEO of Sony, he is the CEO of Sony BMG which is a separate company and is 50% owned by Bertlesman. The music service you refer to has nothing to do with the failed Connect Music service that Sony shuttered recently. Pressplay was not Sony's first music service but was a joint venture between Universal Music and Sony Music and is in fact still in business under the name Napster.

I understand that everyone likes to suck on the teet of Apple but ... enough of the kool-aid

203.4.2008 14:38
nobrainer
Inactive

@ H0bbes

you do realise that mostly ALL the good classical music is in the public domain and you are legally allowed to download this for free don't you, they are charging you for FREE media?

why is this good for sony you ask? rip off artist time again!

Originally posted by boingboing:
This have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too approach to licensing and sales isn't unique to Microsoft. The musician T-Bone Burnett once explained to me that the standard record deal gives artists seven percent royalties on sales and fifty percent royalties on licenses. However, when artists get paid by their labels for iTunes downloads, they're only paid the seven percent sales royalty, despite the fact that the record companies keep telling courts, Congress and customers that a download is not a sale, it's only a license, and don't you dare try to resell your music, loan it, or give it away -- all stuff you're allowed to do with purchased goods.


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