The Sony stereotype

Thomas Fitzgerald writes about the perpetuation of the “failed proprietary Sony format” myth:

The funny thing about formats is that [they] only seem to be considered proprietary if they are unsuccessful. If a format is a success [if] it’s considered a standard. And Sony have contributed more standards over their lifetime than any other company I know of.

That pretty much sums it up.

Sony can be bashed for a lot of things (rootkit, anyone?), but the “Sony proprietary = likely failure” argument is just not one of them.  As Thomas points out in his post, for every unadopted Sony format or technology, there are several industry standards.  That’s not failure; that’s natural selection of the marketplace and of innovation.

posted 4/24/08 at 8:26am to Geekery · 0 replies · »

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