Sony Connect

Sony Connect

Infobox Online music service
service_name=CONNECT Music Store
opened= Before 2006
closed= March 2008
platforms= OpenMG
format = Sony ATRAC
homepage= []

The CONNECT Music Store was Sony's music store built within the SonicStage music management application for Microsoft Windows-based personal computers. It was one of the world’s largest online music download stores with over 2.5 million tracks to preview and purchase, with over 10,000 new songs added every Tuesday. The CONNECT Music Store closed in North America and Europe on the 31st March 2008, and the website has been unavailable from 1st March 2008.

The SonicStage software transferred music tracks to Sony media devices like Network Walkman, CD Walkman, Hi-MD, PSP (via the Memory Stick), Clie handheld or [ VAIO] computer, but did not transfer to non-Sony hardware.Although the CONNECT music store was available on the World Wide Web, music can only be accessed with CONNECT Player or SonicStage installed.

Sony Japan announced a total revision of the player software, now known simply as "CONNECT Player." It was expected to debut in the United States sometime in quarter one of 2006. However, its release in Japan and Europe in November 2005 led to thousands of complaints about the CONNECT Player's performance. Eventually Sony Europe advised its users in January 2006 to abandon CONNECT in favour of SonicStage. [ [ Sony Europe Customer Support Portal | Digital Audio ] ] [ [ MP3 comes down with a crash - Times Online ] ]

On 25 May 2006, the CONNECT division released SonicStage CP 4.0, which is SonicStage with support for features like intelligent shuffle and Artist Link.

Sony CONNECT Video was a division within Sony CONNECT developing digital service platforms to enable distribution of next-generation entertainment to Sony devices.

One such digital service platform is a promotional video service accessible from the World Wide Web offering thousands of free video downloads. Users can download video content directly to their device wirelessly or by means of using the USB port and their computer.

Sony CONNECT Inc. was a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.


One of the CONNECT Music Store’s exclusive features is CONNECT Sets, a series of intimate and often acoustic musical performances by a wide array of recording artists from popular to emerging.

Notable Artists Who Have Recorded CONNECT Sets:All-American Rejects, Amos Lee, Andy Bell, Anna Nalick, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Chris Tomlin, Crosby and Nash, DMC, Editors, Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello, Hanson, Hinder, John Legend, Joshua Bell, Kasabian, Keane, Kelly Clarkson, Lacuna Coil, Meg & Dia, McFly, Phantom Planet, Slum Village, Snow Patrol, Taylor Swift, Tears For Fears, Ted Leo, The Decemberists, The Killers, The Oohlas, Toby Lightman, Train, Van Hunt, We Are Scientists,


The CONNECT Music Store is currently only accessible via Internet Explorer on computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Files downloaded from the CONNECT Music Store are encrypted using Sony's Digital Rights Management, in the OpenMG (*.omg & *.oma) file format. Audio content is encrypted using an OpenMG compliant program — SonicStage — and stored on a computer's hard disk for playback or transfer to a Sony media device. The file format is ATRAC3, Sony's proprietary compressed music format.

Sony claims that ATRAC3 has been consistently rated to have superior sound quality when compared to competing encoding formatsFact|date=May 2007, although this is disputedFact|date=May 2007

End User Rights

Music sold at Sony CONNECT could be downloaded on up to 5 PC's that are authorized at any given time All music purchased may be re-downloaded at any given time.
All music, with the exception of Warner Music Group, allow Sony device exportation an UNLIMITED number of times.
Music purchased from Warner Music Group may only be exported 3 times to Minidisc & Memory Stick.
All music, with the exception of Universal Music Group, may be burned to ATRAC CD's ONLY 5 times.
Music purchased from Universal Music Group may NOT be burned to an ATRAC CD.
All music from Sony CONNECT may be burned into Redbook format 7 Playlist Times.
All Music exported to Sony Network Walkmans that are authorized (meaning only flash & HDD based players) with CONNECT can be exported an UNLIMITED number of times. Meaning Warner Music Group content can be exported an unlimited number of times on these devices without using your 3 export rights.
Memory Sticks & Minidiscs are not authorizable, thus utilize your 3 Warner Music Group export rights.


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