Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Sep 2010 21:52 UTC
Games I've often harped on Apple for its policy regarding jailbreaking, but of course, Apple isn't the only company engaging in such practices. We already talked about Motorola, and now, we have Sony - already a company with a checkered past when it comes to consumer rights. As it turns out, Sony don't want you jailbreaking your their Playstation 3.
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This is a problem with Sony...
by Neolander on Wed 8th Sep 2010 06:42 UTC
Neolander
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2010-03-08

...at least since the MD era.

Sony know how to make truly great products. And then they will cripple them with silly "copy protected" practices. They apparently have good engineers, but horrible management.

When I was younger, I was tempted by the minidisc thing because I wanted a high-quality portable sound recorder. It looked small, easy to use, efficient, with an excellent sound quality, same for battery life. And the support sounded reliable.

Then I bought it, and it was exactly as advertised. Until I connected it to my PCs and waited for the icon to appear in Windows Explorer so that I could download my freshly recorded data, that is. Then I discovered the hell of DRMs, proprietary sound file formats, and transfer software.

And then, after losing more than a hour of audio data due to that crap, I looked around and mumbled "there must be something else doing the same thing for the same price". The answer was : no. DAT began at more than 400€ and were hellish slow at transferring data. Low-priced sound recording was a niche market, and the Minidisc fully occupied it. So I was doomed to struggle with SonicStage and OpenMG jukebox for years. Now, I carefully stay off electronic devices which requires anything other than Windows Explorer to put data in and out of them.

The MD is not an isolated case. Sony use their talented engineers to sell products full of DRM crap many times. And, even worse, this is contagious. Apple, who used to be a honest brand, decided to go Sony with iTunes some times ago.

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