Originally Posted by Mattardo
So if they are so opposed to Microsoft, why did they ...
That's a big list...
Well, companies (be they Sony, MS, Apple, whatever...) have priorities.
First priority is making money.
Second priority is making sure they can continue to make money in the future.
Third priority.... you get the idea.
What companies work on at any given point in time and what they will support in *any* product is a function of their long-term strategies, their business model (how they expect to make money), and what the competition looks like in a given area. One obvious example: MS puts a lot of effort and resources into XBOX Live, probably more than Sony on PSN. Why? Cause MS charges for LIVE. It has to justify the cost. Sony doesn't charge for PSN so they have to either make up the costs elsewhere or avoid spending the money in the first place. Doesn't mean one way is necessarily better; just different.
But the bills have to be paid for out of one pocket or another; TINSTAAFL!
Now, WMA support? Well, MP3 alone won't hack it and a lot of people use it; certainly a lot more than ATRAC.
Fat32? While MS may have originated it on PCs, it is a standard file system on thumb-drives and external drives. Like it or not, they *have* to support it.
These are costs they can't avoid.
Supporting alternate file systems, like NTFS, however, are avoidable. So they avoid them because the numbers don't add up; the benefits of supporting them don't justify the costs. Not when there are other uses of their inhouse resources that can result in more (and more immediate) sales.
Suporting MCE falls under the category of "yes, there are 40 million MCE boxes out there but we'd rather them replace the MCE box with a PS3 than see them use them in tandem". And apparently, when Sony crunched the numbers the cost of licensing the MCE protocols and the damage to their long-term agenda, outweighed the extra sales they might make, so they decided to do without MCE support. If at some point the whole MCE-terminal business explodes (there are TVs coming with built-in MCE extender features) then the numbers will change. But until then...
Its all about what helps sell PS3s and other Sony gear.