Sony Inc. has released a new online music and video download service in 5 European countries which include, the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, with High- and Standard Definition contents from major studios such as MGM, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney and Warner Brothers. The new cloud-based service is widely seen as a potential rival to Apple’s iTunes and can be accessed by users via PlayStation 3, Bravia TV, Blu-Ray players and Sony Vaio PCs.
Named Sony Qriocity, the subscription-based online services platform was initially available for US users. The service only offer movie downloads at the moment however, unlimited music download is expected to be included at the end of 2010. The long term goal is to deliver a wide range of digital entertainment content such as, video, music, games and e-books. It is hoped that by doing so, the product will prove more successful than previous unpopular Sony projects.
The initial target market will be the approximately 54 million registered PS3 users although there is still a long way to go if Qriocity was to ever catch up with iTunes, which boasted of its 10 billionth song download earlier this year. More information about the service including costs, are expected to be announced later in the year.
Will Sony be successful in its latest attempt to break into the digital music market, following the failure of Connect in 2004?
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September 6, 2010 at 3:17 pm
Hopefully this will end Apple’s monopoly .
Spokane web designer
September 7, 2010 at 2:46 am
This is great for competition sake but I’m afraid Sony’s website is way too late to bust up Apple’s foothold on the kids minds that download all the music. They are ipod junkies and iTunes is just the natural choice.
September 13, 2010 at 2:34 pm
Funny but true!
September 7, 2010 at 8:52 am
Yes, we can say that its already too late but then the ball is still rolling. maybe it come up successful.
UK Webmaser forum
September 9, 2010 at 3:03 pm
I think Sony can do it. They have the resource to break into the digital music market, but it may take a while.
September 10, 2010 at 4:30 pm
Strange, I was searching for something thing related adult entertainment and I stumbled upon this website instead. Happy I did though, will definitely come back! Keep up the good work.
September 14, 2010 at 12:24 pm
I don’t think anyone actually will use it to buy music these days.
Parker from Indianapolis
April 12, 2011 at 8:07 pm
There’s no valid argument to not use itunes… extremely user friendly and even more popular. They tapped into a market early and they wont be easy to unseat. Good luck to Sony, however.