Is Sony threatening to pull its music content from iTunes? - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Techist Forum Information > News > Multimedia
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-20-2011, 03:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
Junior Techie
Shae B.'s Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 69
Default Is Sony threatening to pull its music content from iTunes?

Sony makes it pretty clear that while it's currently dependent on iTunes, it's fed up with Apple control and wouldn't mind taking music streaming into it's own hands.

As retaliation for snubbing its non-native e-book app, Sony vaguely suggested it may pull its music content from Apple’s iTunes. In an interview with The Age, Sony exec Michael Ephraim indicates that music publishers want to an iTunes alternative, and that perhaps Sony no longer needs to sell Apple its material.

According to the interview, Sony will expand its music streaming service, Music Unlimited, in the near future, as one of those iTunes alternatives music publishers can turn to. Music Unlimited is currently only available in Spain, Italy, Germany, the UK, Ireland, and France. Its forthcoming mobile gaming service will also give users access to first generation PlayStation games, and most likely won’t be offered to iTunes or iPhone users. He takes a dig at Apple’s closed platform, claiming that Sony PlayStation Suite will bring various early PS games to handheld devices, including the Android-based Samsung Galaxy S and Motorola Defy.

Apple incited a battle with Sony when it initially rejected Sony’s e-reader app since users didn’t purchase books through its own platform. It then amended this, saying that in order to purchase e-books on iOS devices, it requires customers must have the option of buying them through iTunes.

It seems like the debacle has left a bad taste in Sony’s mouth, and it wants to break free of iTunes’ hold on the mobile market. Talking about Music Unlimited, Ephraim says “If we do [get mass take up] then does Sony Music need to provide content to iTunes? Currently we do. We have to provide it to iTunes as that’s the format right now.” And apparently “right now” means for the next few years. He admits that while Apple has cornered this music streaming for the moment, he notes that “publishers are being held ransom by Apple and they are looking for other delivery systems, and we are waiting to see what the next three to five years will hold.”

If Sony were to actually pull its content from iTunes, it’s difficult to say which company would suffer more. ITunes inarguably needs Sony’s content (which includes the likes of Billy Joel, all Glee titles, and MGMT), but it’s safe to assume that Music Unlimited’s subscription plan and lack of mobile integration isn’t going to gain widespread appeal. In short, it’s a little too late to challenge iTunes at its own game.

But restricting access for its PlayStation Suite service seems like fair retribution for the tightening App Store. While we doubt it’s going to cause anyone to ditch their iPhone, it might sway fanboys torn between that and an Android device. Which might be a tiny victory for Sony in this battle, but it’s probably the best it can get."
Is Sony threatening to pull its music content from iTunes?Source

Got tech news you'd like to see featured on Tech-Forums? Send me a PM!
- Shae Blackburm - Abstract Hero -
Shae B. is offline  
Old 02-20-2011, 05:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
Seg Fault'n
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: The dried husk where America came from
Posts: 5,801
Default Re: Is Sony threatening to pull its music content from iTunes?

Again, the text is repeated.


There are in order of increasing severity: lies, darn lies, statistics, and computer benchmarks. - diskinfo man page
"Get your money and let's go to court!" - Craig Mudie, MS
kmote is offline  
Old 02-20-2011, 10:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
Grandfather of Techist

Trotter's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: The South
Posts: 31,388
Default Re: Is Sony threatening to pull its music content from iTunes?

Fixed. Must be something about the source.

Antec 300 Illusion / Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W / ASUS GeForce GTX 960 GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 x6 core / MSI B350 Gaming Plus
Samsung 970 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD / WD Blue SSD 250GB / WD Black 750GB / WD Green 1TB
2x4GB DDR4 2400 / Win10 Pro x64
Mionix Naos 7000 Mouse - CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Mech Keyboard

R.I.P. Danny L. Trotter ... 14 Nov 1945 - 4 Sept 2009
Trotter is offline  
Old 02-20-2011, 12:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
Hyper Techie
Abstract Hero's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 1,842
Default Re: Is Sony threatening to pull its music content from iTunes?

Sorry I failed to notice the double up on text I had a few articles I wanted to crank out and I should have revised. It must be something about the DT page like Trotter said.
- AMD FX8320 @ 4.2Ghz - ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer - G.Skill Ripjaws X 8gb -
- Asus Strix GTX 970 - Corsair Neutron GTX - Corsair TX 750 -
- Cooler Master HAF XB - Corsair H105 -
- Asus VG248QE - Corsair M60 & K90 -
Abstract Hero is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Users of iTunes video can't play back their own content KSoD Apple and Mac 0 11-18-2008 10:11 PM
Harmony uses iTunes to play music without iTunes Osiris Tips, Tricks & Tutorials 0 04-05-2008 07:40 PM
iTunes Music Card Private_Shon Computer Audio and Multimedia 0 02-17-2007 08:15 AM
transfering content from sony DVD201e to PC rookie1010 Web Graphics and Design 0 09-13-2006 03:40 PM
M4P??? iTunes music not Mp3? hmm... woot7800GT Computer Audio and Multimedia 6 01-03-2006 09:38 PM

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:20 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.