updated 08:40 am EDT, Thu May 21, 2009
Sony PSP Music Store Rumor
Sony may bolster the PSP's role as a media player by giving the device its own music store, leaks from late Tuesday suggest. Those within the music industry have reportedly told CNET that Sony is in early talks with major labels to possibly add music to the PlayStation Network with the PSP as the primary focus. No agreements have been made, and questions of format and pricing haven't been revealed as part of the tip.
Given the company's lack of success with its Connect music store as well as a larger trend towards unprotected music, expectations are that Sony is more likely to sell MP3s rather than music with DRM locks. The option would provide a much stronger incentive to buy from the store by letting them copy songs to or from the PSP and buy them from other locations, such as computers or the PS3.
Sony already offers movies on PSN in certain markets in addition to games and game-related content.
If accurate, a music store section may be timed to coincide with the heavily rumored PSP Go! redesign. It would scrap the UMD optical drive and would be almost exclusively dependent on flash storage for its content. Most expect it to use a considerably more compact slider design and to be newly positioned as a competitor against the iPod touch rather than just a game handheld with secondary media features.