Sony Misses the Point of DRM Free Downloads
Almost no selection, a higher price point than iTunes and you have to show up to a store.
Amazon.com offers 2.9 million DRM-free tracks in MP3 format from:
Warner Music Group
Independent record labels
Apple's iTunes Store has around 2 million DRM-free albums for $9.99
I am not sure what Sony is thinking, but DRM-free distribution that requires people to go to a store to buy downloads is not a step forward. The Platinum MusicPass sounds like an over priced glorified gift card. Sony did state that online sales are part of their "ultimate plan" but have not released any further information.
Sony Listen Up:
If you wants to make real waves in the music industry you should consider something better than what everyone else is already offering. How about an online retail site where ALL Sony's music is DRM-free and users get to pay what they think the music is worth. Radiohead has proven that this model is workable for famous artists and Magnatune is making it work for new artists. I would be a lot more likely to open my wallet for that format!
InfoWorld with full Details on the Sony DRM free program