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January 23, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Microsoft Corp.'s Zune music and video player, intended as a rival to Apple Inc.'s market-dominating iPod, can't share some songs, potentially eroding a key advantage over the iPod. Microsoft on Monday blamed the difficulty on the fact that "wireless sharing is a new experience and its implementation is in a version 1.0 stage." The company denied reports that record companies such as Universal Music Group were preventing sharing of some artists.
January 10, 2007 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
At the world's biggest technology trade show this week, industry behemoths such as Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp. are touting the myriad ways to marry PCs and TVs. But Apple Computer Inc. stole some of the Consumer Electronics Show's limelight Tuesday with its own device to do just that. The question is whether Apple can translate the buzz it so expertly builds around its product launches into the sort of market dominance it enjoys with its iPod.
January 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
For more than a decade, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates and others in the tech industry have touted a vision of a connected lifestyle, in which digital content can move across devices throughout the home and be taken on the go. It's been a slow march. But as Gates kicked off the International Consumer Electronics Show on Sunday, the industry has come further than ever in delivering on that concept. "Every year represents a lot of progress," he told the Associated Press.
December 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The European Commission said Wednesday that it had withdrawn plans that could end copyright levies on electronic equipment but denied it had done so under pressure from the French government. Most European countries charge fees on music and video players and blank CDs to compensate artists and copyright holders for legal copying.
November 18, 2006 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
Dollar signs danced in the head of business student Julian Perry, 25, when he learned that the much-anticipated PlayStation 3 would go on sale Friday -- in limited quantities. As demand outstripped supply, Perry knew the video game console's price would rocket past Sony's $599 list price -- on EBay. So Perry hired seven people to get in line with him. It would be a long wait. They arrived Monday afternoon at the Circuit City in Torrance, where 100 machines were to go on sale at 12:01 a.m.
September 25, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Sony Corp., the world's biggest maker of video game players, cut the price in Japan of its PlayStation 3 by about 20%, responding to complaints that it cost twice as much as rival consoles. The game player will retail for $430 when it goes on sale in Japan on Nov. 11, Ken Kutaragi, head of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., said Friday at the Tokyo Game Show. The company previously said it would sell models for $540.
September 21, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Microsoft Corp. is introducing an external high-definition DVD player for the Xbox 360 video game console to compete with the Blu-ray disc player in Sony Corp.'s upcoming PlayStation 3. The rollout plans come as the Redmond, Wash.-based company tries to shore up sales ahead of the arrival this year of next-generation consoles by its two top rivals -- Sony and Nintendo Co. The Xbox 360's external player, to be launched in Japan on Nov.
September 14, 2006 | From Reuters
A top U.S. antitrust official urged foreign governments to think twice before interfering with popular new technologies, singling out overseas scrutiny of Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes online music service as an example of misguided enforcement. Justice Department antitrust chief Thomas Barnett cited proposals by some officials overseas to impose restrictions on iTunes as an example of overzealous regulation that he said could discourage innovation and hurt consumers.
September 7, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The release of Sony's PlayStation 3 will be delayed in Europe until March because of problems with producing a key component, the executive in charge of the project said Wednesday. The much-awaited next generation of the popular game console will go on sale in November in the U.S. and Japan as planned, but fewer units will be available for the launch dates. The company is sticking to its initial global target of shipping 6 million PlayStation 3 machines by March.
July 28, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Microsoft Corp.'s plans to offer an iPod competitor could take up to five years of investment, but the spending is worth it in part because it will help the software maker's broader entertainment agenda, a company executive said. Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft's entertainment and devices group, told financial analysts that the company's planned Zune product line would require millions of dollars in investment and would not pay off immediately.
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