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Sony Expanding PSN: Selling Music, Books, Video

BusinessWeek reports that, at a press conference in Tokyo yesterday, Sony announced plans to launch an online store, similar to the iTunes store. Dubbed the Sony Online Service, the store is said to be based around Sony's PlayStation Network.

However, while Sony is trying to establish its own online store with content available for purchase online, BW reports that Sony is not trying to copy iTunes, rather the company will actively try to differentiate its service from what Apple is already offering.

BusinessWeek reports:

"Users will be able to upload videos shot on camcorders, save photos taken with digital cameras, and post other digital content to their personal online accounts. That's how Google's suite of Net-based services (such as YouTube video-sharing and Picasso photo site) works. At some point down the road, Sony would consider letting independent software developers create applications for the service, much the way Apple does for its iPhone."

Read the full story here.

What do you think of this news? Do you think Sony could successfully establish itself as a rival to iTunes? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Manos
    Did you also hear the news of it being charged very soon? Im talking about PSN in general. If Sony said "possibly" then its a possitive so.. Just a heads up.
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  • Honis
    I think your Title could be a little more miss leading since PSN has always offered those things (except books, unless you include comic books released yesterday).
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  • counselmancl
    Now if they would just change the firmware back to where if you have a game or movie in the system it defaults to that item and not something they are trying to sell you.

    That is a most annoying "feature" and makes me not want to support it with my money.
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  • MiamiU
    counselmanclNow if they would just change the firmware back to where if you have a game or movie in the system it defaults to that item and not something they are trying to sell you. That is a most annoying "feature" and makes me not want to support it with my money.
    it's a free service and they have to make money somehow, don't they?
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  • gerohmygosh
    Rab1d-BDGRI just want to play games on my console without having to spend a fortune on new titles, hardware or monthly subscriptions. Just not interested in having Sony running my life for me in their own proprietary paradigm.I'm hoping you don't have a 360 after saying that.
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  • it's not a free service if it was advertised as part of the product offering when you bought it. Then you paid for the service up front.
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  • ssalim
    Is it true that PS3 will soon be fee-based instead of free?
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  • counselmancl
    counselmanclNow if they would just change the firmware back to where if you have a game or movie in the system it defaults to that item and not something they are trying to sell you. That is a most annoying "feature" and makes me not want to support it with my money.MiamiUit's a free service and they have to make money somehow, don't they?
    I've purchased a console, games and movies. I think that is enough of an investment not to be hassled with an advertisement every time I turn my system on. I don't want to use the PSN 99% of the time, just play a game or watch a movie.

    The decision to change the default menu selection wasn't motivated by a better user experience but by money. -1 Sony.
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  • IAMCANADIAN
    Forget about buying music and books through PSN. I'm still waiting for PSN Movies in Canada. It's ironic, many of the most popular TV shows and movies are filmed and produced in Canada (X-Files, Stargate, Twilight Films), but do we have access to legitimately stream, purchase or download them online, NOPE! I can't even access a friggin' movie trailer from PSN. I would definitely be willing to purchase content on PSN,... if they made it available! Until that happens PSN is useless in Canada, except for the occassional game demo. Oh well, until Sony (and the MPAA for that matter) decides to pull their heads out of their asses I guess there's always bittorrent.
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  • anamaniac
    PSN is decent, but one issue: It's expensive.
    Brand new Ratchet and Clank: Secret Agent Clank UMD is $15-20. On PSN it's $40.

    Digital distribution is not always cheaper...
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