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Sony's days of selling you a proprietary DRM-encrusted rootkit and then detonating it may be all in the past

In our first year of operation, many slammed DailyTech for "overtly negative Sony bias." 

This was pure folly, of course, as 2006 was the advent of Sony's perfect storm.  Oops, did I wordsmith a cliche? Perhaps so, according to some public relations department at a university better known for its hockey players than English professors.  But let's not let some Reuters hack ruin the fun.

Post-2007 Sony is the new pre-2006 Sony.  It's only been seven days into the month, and already things are looking way up for the company.

The HD DVD / Blu-ray debate is not a done deal, but with Warner already siding with Blu-ray, what else is there to say?  Forbes, known better for its predictions that don't come true than ones that do, says Paramount is next.  Who cares anyway? The media already crowned Blu-ray the winner.

And who could forget the 2006 DRM-rootkit debacle the decimated Sony's public relations.  The company was quick to throw its developer under the bus -- a sweet cash settlement and typical B2B litigation followed.

In one brilliant stroke, Sony amended all wrongdoings by dropping DRM.

And to make things even sweeter, the company is pretty far ahead in OLED research and vows to make the PS3 profitable this year.

Maybe this is Sony's year to give back its 2006 losses.  OK, so there's still the exploding battery debacle.  But now at least Sony has something to do with the next 359 days of the year.

Yes, it's a leap year if you were playing at home.

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RE: Well...
By Spyvie on 1/8/2008 10:34:16 AM , Rating: 0
I was a Sony detractor long before 2006, if only because of their continuous attempts to force proprietary formats on the market.

Although there are many examples, Memory Stick really stands out for me. MMC/SD was already on the market and working great but once again Sony HAD to force it own proprietary crap on everyone. For this reason I will never consider purchasing a Sony camera.

I'm also uncomfortable with the Apple like monopoly they have pursued in the entertainment market.

RE: Well...
By MrPickins on 1/8/2008 12:02:10 PM , Rating: 4
Unless they held you down, took money out of your wallet and threw Memory Sticks at you, then Sony didn't force the market to do anything.

RE: Well...
By Spyvie on 1/8/08, Rating: -1
RE: Well...
By Mitch101 on 1/8/2008 4:58:47 PM , Rating: 3
Anyone remember IBM's Micro Channel?

I wish more companies could agree on standards especially power cords and USB connectors.

Every other item in my home must have a different way to make a 2 prong power cable. Lets throw in USB how many different connections can they come up with?

The only error I see with Sony Memory stick is the premium price they tried keeping for the longest time. Since I own many SD memory cards for MP3 players, portable USB drives, and digital cameras I will continue to buy camera's that support SD memory. I have a feeling those who have Sony Memory Sticks will do the same. To each their own however Sony should take note this means I am more interested in Kodak digital cameras every time I upgrade and not Sony because of this.

Kudos goes to a company like Nintendo who decided to use a standard memory card for saved games instead of forcing everyone to purchase proprietary memory cards that never go down in price.

RE: Well...
By Mach Omega on 1/8/2008 5:37:38 PM , Rating: 2
How is Windows Media Anything any different? MP3 and a variety of digital movie formats already had the digital audio and video areas sewn up.

Proprietary formats suck but its no reason to hate a company. The fact that they are all huge, soulless entities is reason enough, haha.

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