“By taking on industry leader Apple, Sony will compete with a company that has sold 3 million iPods and 70 million songs at its iTunes Music Store, which celebrated its first anniversary last week. Other digital music competitors: Wal-Mart, MusicMatch, Napster and MusicNow,’ Jefferson Graham reports for TechNewsWorld.
“Sony aims to take on industry leader Apple today with an online music service whose songs will play only on Sony products. Internet analysts are scratching their heads, especially because the digital download service — called Connect — is geared toward supporting Sony’s MiniDisc, a 13-year-old format that has never hit big,” Graham reports. “But some retailers say sales of MiniDisc players perked up in the two years since Sony added the ability to record digital music onto them.”
“Analyst Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group thinks it’s way too late. ‘Walk into a store,’ he says. ‘You don’t see MiniDisc players promoted or people talking about them. Its time was three years ago, and it didn’t make it.’ Sony says Connect songs will work on portable CD players and Walkman devices that use Memory Stick removable flash media,” Graham reports.
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