Sony "CONNECT" Music Store is Closing Its Doors...
The Sony CONNECT Music store is finally being put out of its misery. In a press release issued yesterday as part of their presentations, Sony announced that the Connect music store will be close up by March 2008. The ebook section that is connected to the Sony eReader will still be functioning, but all music sales will cease to be.
Sony has posted an FAQ on their site, explaining a variety of issues with the closing of the store, including how to legally strip the DRM from their tracks, and continue to use them:
What can I do with ATRAC content that has DRM (Digital Rights Management)?
For your purchased music from CONNECT, you can burn it to audio CD and re-rip it into MP3 format to continue enjoying it for personal use.
So…another online music service bites the dust. More are sure to follow in the near future, primarily because there are just too many out there. I never once saw, used, or even spoke to anyone who had ever used the Sony CONNECT store. In fact, the only time I’d ever even HEARD of it was in relation to the Sony eReader.
So, I can’t say that I’m in any way surprised by this news.