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!

  4. Also in the news…

    Volkswagen is running a limited time offer: For only $750, your new Volkswagen will NOT come pre-loaded with every inspirational hit by Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. Add another $50, and you’ll get a stereo that you can actually turn off.

  5. This is a classic case of a consumer-centric (Apple) vs. partner-centric (Sony, MS) business model. With Sony, the business partners’ concerns come first: Load that sucker up with all your crap and give us a kickback. Right on! Revenue streams! Oh, and if the customers don’t like it, that’s okay, we’ll make ’em pay to get rid of it, so everyone wins. A lot like the Zune project, and all of MS’s little deals with labels and built-in up-sell ad-ware (exploding track squirting) so they can make sure the partners are happy. What do the customers want? WhoTF cares?! Dress it up and give it a snazzy name… The Social! Perfect! Now bribe Engadget and Ellen fans to go ape shit about it and we’re in business!!!

  6. Here’s the preloaded software on the Lenovo X300:
    Your choice of:
    Genuine Windows Vista® Ultimate
    Genuine Windows Vista® Business
    Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium
    Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic
    Genuine Windows® XP Home

    Adobe Acrobat Reader; Diskeeper Home Edition;
    Microsoft® Office Ready 2007; Microsoft Windows
    Live™ Toolbar & Search; Picasa by Google;
    Multimedia Center for Think Offerings (Sonic Record
    Now Business and DLA) (select models); Intervideo
    WinDVD (DVD models only); Intervideo WinDVD
    Creator (DVD models only); PC-Doctor diagnostics;
    Norton Internet Security 2007 (OEM Edition) with 90
    days of virus definition updates; Sun JRE; ThinkPad
    Utilities (Power Manager and Presentation Director);
    ThinkVantage® Access Connections™; ThinkVantage
    Fingerprint Software; ThinkVantage Productivity
    Center; ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery™;
    ThinkVantage System Update; ThinkVantage System
    Migration Assistant™ (license–CD not included);
    ThinkVantage Client Security Solution

    Here’s the preloaded software on the MacBook Air:
    Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard (includes Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools)

    iLife ’08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)

    Do you see the running theme among many of the programs that are unnecessary on a Mac?

  7. The Mac vs. PC divide can easily be seen by looking at the covers of MacWorld and MacLife and then look at PC World and the others. The Mac covers are always about doing creative things and getting more productivity out of your Mac. The PC covers are always about cleaning out viruses and tweaking things to improve your system performance.

    So, which one just works?

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