Did Sony beat Amazon to the desktop?
A while back I wrote that the killing stroke in the eBook reader marketshare war wouldn’t be the reader device any more than the iPod was in the eMusic war. It’ll be the desktop software that powers such devices.
I won’t re-hash my thoughts on that, read them here. but according to Mobilereads, Sony might be the winner here, releasing their desktop library management app on the Mac. I’ll admit plenty of ignorance here as to what the app looks like and it’s exact feature set. I’m presuming it’s no iTunes, since I haven’t heard of it in it’s PC form and that sounds like it’s been around a while.
The Sony reader was the runner up more or less in my thinking about eBooks. Had 360|Conferences not bought my Kindle i might have one day bought the Sony. Sadly for Sony I had no idea they even had a desktop library app, which woulda really worked in their favor (well not as much as it would now that it’s on the mac).
I’d love to get my hands on the app, not sure if it’s standalone or requires a PRS-5XX device. It sounds like the latter is the case :(
if anyone has a Sony reader, and a mac, let me know what the app is like, and how close it might be to an iTunes for ebooks.
Amazon really better wake up, a killer device with piss poor library management will flop for sure. Can anyone imagine having no way to manage their music library EXCEPT onscreen on their iPod? buy music, it shows up, that’s that. no playlists, no ratings, just a massive list. That’s the Kindle in another year or two as people’s libraries grow and grow.
jeff Bezos, I hope you’re paying attention, or Sony (of all people!) is going to steal your lunch money.