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Could an open Sony beat Apple? (for Music) May 12, 2009

Posted by hruf in Mobile & Gadgets.
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In an interview with Nikkei Electronics Asia, Sony CEO Howard Stringer pledged that the company would use more open standards in the future, saying:

“If we had gone with open technology from the start, I think we probably would have beaten Apple” in the music market. […]

Sony is however leaning toward openness in the PlayStation Network (PSN) where the digital rights management is based on Marlin, an open scheme (yes, open DRM is an oxymoron) developed by consumer electronics companies and other companies that will allow other systems to participate in the PSN.

“What does all this mean?” he added. “Very simply, it means that Sony has begun the transition from a closed system to an open one.” […]

Being open doesn’t guarantee that a community or ecosystem will sprout up around a product. A company with Sony’s coffers could do a lot more to make its devices and content accessible to a broad range of developers who would seed the market and make it more money.

via Could an open Sony beat Apple? | Software, Interrupted – CNET News.

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