Sony Unveils Music Store, Gadgets at CES

Coinciding with CES, Sony has announced a music download service called Connect, which will be available this spring and will offer more than 500,000 titles for 99 cents per track. The service, demonstrated at CES, will aggregate content from all the major labels and will be run as a wholly owned subsidiary. Connect will be headed by Jay Samit, a former EMI executive, and ATRAC will be the audio format used by the service.

sonytv.jpgTo promote the service, it has tied up with United Airlines: the deal enables United Mileage Plus members to earn and redeem Mileage Plus miles for music through Sony… The Mileage Plus music site plans to launch simultaneously with the launch of the Connect service in the spring of 2004.

MercuryNews: “The incentive for the airline is clear — the company would prefer its frequent fliers load up on Springsteen instead of booking that free trip to Sydney.”

On the gadgets side, Sony unveiled a prototype portable device–dubbed “portable broadband TV”–that can display TV shows and videos, while letting users browse the Internet and send and receive e-mail — without booting up a PC.

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