Kazuo Hirai is named Sony’s new CEO and President. Kazuo Hirai will replace his mentor Howard Stringer who held the position since 2005.
Prior to being named CEO, Kazuo Hirai 51 was Sony’s Chief of Consumer Electronics and Games. Hirai, led the turnaround of PlayStation.
Mr. Stringer is an American born who was born in Wales. Stringer is one of a few foreign CEO at a large Japanese company. He will become the Chairman of The Board on April 1.
Sony’s 3D PlayStation Vita will require one of two AT&T data plans but will not require a wireless contract.
The Wi-Fi model will retail for $249 and the 3G/Wi-Fi model will retail for $299.
AT&T will have two data packages to choose: 250MB – $14.99 a month and 2 GB – $25 a month.
The Wi-Fi model will be available in the US on February 22.
Sony slashed the Tablet S price a $100. The 9.4 inch Android Table S is a direct iPad competitor, it is now$100 lower than that iPad.
The 16 GB now retails for $399 and the 32 GB retails for $499. For more on Sony Tablet S Click Here.
Sony launched “Music Unlimited” the streaming music service in the cloud. Music Unlimited is powered by Qriocity. Australia and New Zealand will also make their debute with the U.S. launch. In December, Sony launched the service in the UK and Ireland; it later expanded to France, Germany, Spain and Italy.
Music Unlimited will be available on the following devices with internet connection: PS3, PSP handheld, Sony Bravia TV that are network-enabled, Blu-Ray players, VAIO laptops, non-Sony PCs and laptops, and 3rd Party Android mobile devices and more.
Music Unlimited users will have 2 monthly subscription options to choose:
1. Basic – $3.99 – Users will have access to an infinite number of ad-free radio stations and will be able to create personalized channels by genre, era and mood.
2. Premium – $9.99 – Users will have unlimited access to all 6 million songs in the catalog and will also have the ability to create playlists and have special access to pre-programmed channels and stations.
Music Unlimited website is available and the service is scheduled to go live today; For more on Music Unlimited Click Here.
Sony follows Barnes & Noble (Nook) and Amazon (Kindle) lead by cutting the price on all 3 of their eReaders.
The Pocket Edition price drops $20 to $149, The Touch Edition price is cut $30 to $169, and The Daily Edition is slashed $50 to $299.