Reason #64,237,938 to Get a Mac: Sony charging extra to remove crapware

“Sony has begun offering Fresh Start, a controversial practice to clean its systems of unnecessary software. Initially available only with the VAIO TZ ultraportable, the option removes both VAIO-specific programs as well as games and other trial software. The practice is meant to ‘free up valuable hard drive space and conserve memory and processing power’ before the system ever leaves the factory, according to Sony,” Electronista repots.

“However, the offer has already received criticism for its $50 cost,” Electronista repots.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: So, not only do the greedy bastards get paid to install crapware, now they can get paid to remove it, too. Get a Mac.


  1. unfortunatly this has been going for awhile now… circuity/bestbuy/etc…. charges you to take it off and make a recovery disk cause Vista bought PCs dont come with a recovery disk, which is vital to any windows user cause you would use those at least a good 5 times before you get a new computer.

  2. The founder and longtime Chair of Sony must be rolling in his grave to see what his company has become. Once the epitome of innovation, fresh thinking, and quality. In many ways, the Sony of old was a practitioner of Thinking Different. No more.

    It’s really sad.

  3. In all fairness, Macs do come with extras installed. The difference is that iLife is a reason to get a Mac. And when reinstalling the system, it and others such as the Office test drive are entirely optional.

    Sony should be ashamed to charge to remove the pre-installed crap and doubly so for charging $50!

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