|09-14-2004, 11:07 AM||#16|
Join Date: Mar 2003
Device: Treo 700p, Zodiac2
While my intention wasn't to bash Sony, I think the right questions are being asked in this thread, and they are all right On-Topic. Bob raises some interesting scenarios that I have been thinking about for a long time as well.
Here's a small anecdotal example:
I bought MegaBowling and Billiards when I owned my Clie. MegaSoft2000, the developer, offers free lifetime upgrades. When I bought my Zodiac and sold my Clie, I tried to migrate these two games to my Zodiac, but I kept getting a "You need the Zodiac version" message (something along those lines). I contacted MegaSoft2000, and they told me I had to contact Tapwave, as they own the rights to the Zodiac optimized versions (and the only compatible versions) of those games. Tapwave told me I had to buy new versions of the games or take it up with MegaSoft2000.
In the end, I had to write a rather pointed email about their "free lifetime upgrade", and they conceded and sent me the Zodiac optimized versions for free. If it wasn't for the "free upgrade" policy that I have in my email receipt, I would have been out of luck.
I can see the same type of scenarios with ebook, movies, music, etc as Bob mentions. As consumers, this whole DRM and "fair use" direction the industry is heading is NOT good news.
Sony has just signaled with these two announcements that they are not just heading down that path, Sony will be the trailblazer.
|09-14-2004, 11:08 AM||#17|
Join Date: Feb 2003
Device: TT3(Home)&Dell x50(Work)
|09-15-2004, 05:19 AM||#18|
Join Date: Aug 2003
Device: Dell Axim
|09-15-2004, 09:50 AM||#19|
Join Date: Oct 2002
Device: Sony PRS-650 / Nexus 7 / Kindle PW
At least Sony can now claim to bring the world's most expensive Palm.
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