Sony: biting its own hand that feeds it
An interesting observation by Cory Doctorow: Sony is eating the poison pill it created itself. The inventor of amongst others the walkman is now a tiny player in the market of personal audio.
The reason? Since they became both a hardware manufacturer and a publisher, the needs of their small publishing branch has continuously outweighed those of their huge hardware branch. Where Apple and Creative Labs could become big by allowing MP3s to be played from their devices, Sony tries to push its unwanted, digital rights restricted formats.
The same thing is happening in the ebooks market; Sony’s Librie looks like a great device, but if Philips brings out a machine that will display works without restrictions, the Dutch company will win.