The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

9 January 2008

Rhymes with "baloney"

I've had nothing to say about the DVD Format Wars, except that I was sort of rooting for Sony's Blu-ray to lose, because, well, it's Sony's, and God knows what sort of malfeasance they'll bake into it in the future.

This has nothing to do with DVDs, but it doesn't make me feel any better about Sony either:

Sony BMG Music Entertainment on Jan. 15 becomes the last major record company to sell downloads without copy restrictions — but only to buyers who first visit a retail store.

The No. 2 record company (after Universal Music) will sell plastic cards, called Platinum MusicPass, for individual albums for a suggested price of $12.99. Buyers enter a code from the card at new Sony BMG site MusicPass.com to download that card's album.

Think about that for a moment:

If you want to download uncrippled Sony music, you have to get in your car and drive to [the] store so you can buy a card. Then drive back home and download your music.

But the good news is that you can choose from 37 different albums!

Could this possibly be any more cumbersome? Let's not give them any ideas.

(Via Laurence Simon.)

Posted at 7:53 AM to Fileophile


Here is an idea for ya

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 3:20 PM on 9 January 2008

Methinks they're trying to fend off bad press: looks like they've decided to sell unDRMed tracks through Amazon's MP3 store.

Posted by: CGHill at 3:42 PM on 12 January 2008