Sony Hints At Withdrawing Artists From iTunes

Posted Feb 11, 2011

Sony Corporation is hinting at withdrawing Sony Music artists from Apple iTunes. Sony is also considering withholding their games from the Apple App Store. Sony is planning to launch a music streaming service of their own soon. And they are launching an application store for their upcoming Sony PlayStation phone.

Two weeks ago Apple blocked Sony’s e-book application from the Apple App Store because it competes with Apple’s e-book application. The new Sony music service launched in Europe last year and it will have 6 million tracks. Users will be able to stream the tracks on Sony TVs, PlayStation 3 consoles, PSP portable game players, and Blu-Ray players.

“If we do [get mass take up] then does Sony Music need to provide content to iTunes?” said Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Michael Ephraim. “Currently we do. We have to provide it to iTunes as that’s the format right now.”