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“Does anyone besides me see the massive potential in the upcoming Sony PSP Web Browser?,” says Russell Beattie. He thinks its a great tablet platform, and who needs video iPod. The problem is going to be the storage – memory stick is a proprietary money fleecing […]

“Does anyone besides me see the massive potential in the upcoming Sony PSP Web Browser?,” says Russell Beattie. He thinks its a great tablet platform, and who needs video iPod. The problem is going to be the storage – memory stick is a proprietary money fleecing format. Sony needs to do something about that.

  1. Jesse Kopelman Monday, July 25, 2005

    Everything about PSP is a proprietary money fleecing technology . . . I’ve been thinking that the PSP makes it hard to justify a high priced video iPod. The UMD format allows for a “NetFlix” through-the-mail service. To compete with that Apple would have to come up with a purely online rental service leveraging DRM and that would limit their customer base vs. Sony (vPod requires broadband connection, PSP requires mailbox).

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  2. Jesse you make an excellent point. i decided not to repeat myself but i had made the same arguments before somewhere on the site. anyway i do think apple will have to come up with a way to do the rentals in the long run, but i bet they want to seed the market initially.

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  3. Jesse Kopelman Monday, July 25, 2005

    Yes. It was an earlier article of yours that got me thinking about this. I had read it too long after it was posted to comment (damn, real work). The great thing about not being a journalist or academian is that I don’t have to give people proper credit for their ideas! Then again, if I want that Blue Label, I’ve got to stay on your good side.

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  4. yes absolutely. meanwhile i have a brand new bottle so hurry up and come visit san francisco

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  5. Good point, Om, on the proprietary memory stick, but if Sony decides to do everything Russ is suggesting, they probably would tweak the pricing on that product. Although I’m not holding my breath on any of it for anytime soon.

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  6. Sony is one of the biggest clueless companies in the planet. i am surprised that they let everyone walk into their business. oh well… here i go ranting again

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  7. Jesse Kopelman Tuesday, July 26, 2005

    Sony has a sort of Forest Gump mentality and, just like in the movie, it seems to work.

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