“Sony’s online music service, Connect, will launch in the UK, France and Germany next week offering a choice of 500,000 songs, it has emerged,” Tony Smith reports for The Register.
“The service will go live on Monday, 5 July in those three territories, followed by stores for Switzerland, Austria, the Scandinavian countries and the Netherlands by the end of the year. Spanish and Italian stores will open in the spring of 2005. The dates come from Robert Ashcroft, VP of Sony Network Services in Europe, cited by news agency AFP,” Smith reports.
“Ashcroft derided Apple’s claim to offer 700,000 songs – 200,000 more than Connect. ‘I don’t know where Apple gets its famous 700,000 titles from,’ he said. ‘We have signed up with everyone, and we don’t come out with that figure.’ Ashcroft neglected to mention Napster, which also touts a song catalogue of 700,000-odd tracks,” Smith reports.
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MacDailyNews Take: Sony Connect? Sony Connect… hmmm… Oh yeah, that “Connect.” The one that The New York Times suggested “ought to be called ‘Sony Disconnect.'” And of which The Washington Post wrote, “This service is an embarrassment to the company that gave the world the Walkman… just compare [Apple’s iTunes Music Store] with Sony’s Connect: One of these stores has a future, and one of them does not.” Perhaps Bobby Ashcroft (song-counter extraordinaire) is still stinging from some of the worst reviews ever bestowed on a product, including even reviews of some of the gems that regularly issue forth from Redmond’s bowels?
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Apple iTunes Music Store vs. Sony Connect is no contest, Apple wins with ease – May 09, 2004
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