Sony hasn’t taken open technology very seriously in the past. Its CONNECT music download service was a failure. It was based on OpenMG, a proprietary digital rights management (DRM) technology. At the time, we thought we would make more money that way than with open technology, because we could manage the customers and their downloads,” stated Sony Chairman Howard Stringer in an interview with Nikkei Electronics Asia. “If we had gone with open technology from the start, I think we probably would have beaten Apple Inc of the US.”
I remember using Connect Player and SonicStage back in the day and its software wasn’t that great either. The way that Apple iTunes complemented their hardware so seamlessly is far beyond what Sony would be able to pull off.
The interview conducted with Nikkei is pretty interesting overall. He basically outlines all the strengths of Sony’s competitors including Apple and Nintendo and says how they plan to compete going forward.