Sonyfication

Sonyfication [SO-nee-fi-key-shuhn]: (noun) 1. Referring to Sony’s practice of removing features previously used as major selling points of their products. 2. The action of becoming like Sony in this respect.

Yeah, I know I’m late to write something up about this whole Sony thing, although up until now it never really concerned me. That said, even though I do not own a PS3, PSP, or any other Sony product, I still strongly disagree with what they’re doing, and so should you. They removed OtherOS, a major selling point of their hardware. As if this weren’t enough, they removed it from hardware they had already sold. This would be analogous to buying a car, then in the middle of the night, the dealer comes and takes the engine right out of it. “Oh, well who buys a PS3 to run Linux on it anyway?” Uh… I would. I wouldn’t have much other use for it. I’m not exactly much of a gamer. “Nobody’s forcing you to update.” Once again, wrong. Sony is. From what I can tell (I do not own a PS3, nor will I ever own one), if you don’t update, you can’t use PSN. Wouldn’t bother me much, since I do have a 360, and I never use XBL, but the point still stands. Sony is trying to blackmail you into surrendering a feature you bought your hardware knowing it would have.

Anyway, I really wasn’t planning to use this post to talk about Sony. I only did that to better establish a definition for the word “Sonyfication,” which seems like it’ll be seeing more widespread use in the coming months.

Why?

Another company has recently employed Sonyfication.

Who?

Spotify.

If you don’t follow me on Twitter (which you really should), I had about a six-post rant on what Spotify is doing. I’ll re-post some of it here.

http://www.spotify.com/se/blog/archives/2011/04/14/upcoming-changes-to-spotify-free-open/

Above is a link to the blatant act of Sonyfication. See what they did? Unlimited listening (albeit with advertisements; kinda like radio) was the big promotional feature for Spotify Free accounts, but they’re taking them away and demoting them to Spotify Open accounts (which have extremely draconian limits on them). I worked hard to find someone to give me an invite to get that account too.

Wow. These Sony douchebags are being a real inspiration for worse to a lot of people. How can I help get Spotify back in line?

http://twitter.com/justinrdaigle/status/58610671843147776

cd /Applications && rm -rf Spotify.app (/cc @Spotify)

Retweet that. (for the less geeky among us, it changes to the Applications directory then deletes the Spotify app when input into Terminal).

Also, for the record, I didn’t actually uninstall Spotify. I believe I’ve got the rest of this month to enjoy it before they totally screw themselves over.

While I’m at it, I’m not the only one concerned about this. Peter Sunde (one of the TPB founders) sees Spotify’s decision as their doom.

http://twitter.com/brokep/status/58477025098346497

Oh, @spotify is thinking of committing suicide:http://www.spotify.com/se/blog/archives/2011/04/14/upcoming-changes-to-spotify-free-open/

Go RT that as well.

We can force Spotify to go back on their decision. If we let them know just how much we like our unlimited listening, and threaten to stop using their service if they take it away, they’ll be forced to give it back.

Just RT those tweets I linked to above, and tweet around some links to this blog post (make sure to add (/cc @Spotify) to the tweets so they see them).

And of course, feel free to stick it to the man while you’re at it. Rebel. Register as many Spotify accounts as you need to listen as much as you want. We will win this.

Even if you don’t use Spotify, show them your discontent anyway. Sonyfication is spreading, and selling a product on a feature that’s later removed may soon become a common business tactic. Don’t let that happen. Show Sony, Spotify, and anyone else that tries it that Sonyfication is wrong.

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