Friday, November 04, 2005

Sony trying to dictate what you listen to

A head-butting exercise between two digital-age mastodons is blocking Australians from getting their own iTunes Music Store. The iTMS, which has sold close to half a billion songs since April 2003, is the only way the world’s 15 million iPod owners can legally buy downloadable music. The United States, European Union and Scandinavia all have an iTMS.

Australia doesn’t, and the reason is because SonyBMG Music is holding out.

“There’s one reason why Sony is holding out,” says a prominent music industry pundit. “And that’s because Sony’s also a hardware company and they want to push their own proprietary digital format.”


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