Feeds

Sony Connect to launch 5 July, late

And with only 500,000 songs

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Sony's online music service, Connect, will launch in the UK, France and Germany next week offering 500,000 songs.

The service will go live on Monday, 5 July, followed by stores for Switzerland, Austria, the Scandinavian countries and The Netherlands by the end of the year. Spanish and Italian stores will open in the spring of 2005. The dates come from Robert Ashcroft, VP of Sony Network Services in Europe, cited by news agency AFP.

Monday's launch represents a late arrival. In March, Sony said it would launch its first three European stores in June. Even Sony's electronics division was under the impression that this was the intention - its press release announcing the launch of the company first hard disk-based Walkman referred to Connect Europe "which launched [past-tense] in June".

Ah, well. Hopefully Sony will have spent the extra time wisely, updating its European service to avoid the issues that have led at least one critic of the US version to call it an "embarrassment".

Connect will offer content from all five major recording companies and "approximately 150" independent labels. This could be seen as a dig at Apple. Its iTunes Music Store has so far failed to win the support of European indies, with only "dozens" of labels' songs in its catalogue.

Indeed, Ashcroft derided Apple's claim to offer 700,000 songs - 200,000 more than Connect. "I don't know where Apple gets its famous 700,000 titles from," he said. "We have signed up with everyone, and we don't come out with that figure."

He neglected to mention Napster, which also touts a song catalogue of 700,000-odd tracks.

Like Apple, Connect will offer songs for £0.79 in the UK and €0.99 in other territories. Unlike Apple, it turns out Connect is based in Germany, where it will be having to cope with a 16 per cent sales tax, rather more than the three per cent Apple pays by incorporating an ITMS subsidiary, iTunes SARL, in Luxembourg.

Industry sources claim Apple is losing money on some record label deals because of its price-point. However, Ashcroft claimed Connect would make money. "The rule at Sony is for each activity to be profitable," he said. "We will not be an exception to that rule." ®

Related stories

Sony unveils HDD Walkman
Sony to ship portable video, MP3 player
Sony unveils colour 'iPod killer'
Sony US music service an 'embarrassment'
Sony opens US music download store
Sony music download service to launch in June
iTunes users hijack iMixes to demand indie content
Indie labels reject iTunes

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft exits climate denier lobby group
ALEC will have to do without Redmond, it seems
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?