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POSTED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 2:43 PM

When the final roundup stories of the 2013 E3 video game show are writ, many will declare Sony the “winner.”  And just as with comedy, timing played a huge role.

Sony came up to bat with its  two-hour press conference last  night a few hours after Microsoft’s  big reveal of games and pricing for its' next generation Xbox One system and revamped Xbox 360.  And for many in the gamer crowd, Sony blew Microsoft out of the water.

Sony’s modern,  pentagram-wedge shaped   PlayStation 4 looks a whole lot more stylish than the boxy Xbox One and  boasts slightly superior on-board processing power.  Better still, Sony’s preview of games revealed far more originals and fewer sequels than the Microsoft camp had shown,  including more third party developer games with an original look and attitude  -  heavy on a “steam punk” mix of past, present and future imagery, technological weapons and mythic creatures to conquer. And we’re not just talking “Mad Max.”

POSTED: Monday, June 10, 2013, 11:21 AM
Eddy Cue the (AP)

Apple finally jumped into the free music streaming frey today at the opening of the four day Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, putting the world’s leading music download service into the internet radio business dominated by Pandora and Spotify.

Initially to be available in just the U.S. on mobile phones, tablets and computers, Apple’s long-rumored, advertiser-supported iRadio service was made possible last week when Sony inked deals covering both its' recorded music operation Sony Music Entertainment  and its’ publishing wing Sony/ATV Music which now includes the giant EMI Music Publishing operation.

The other two music majors -  Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group – previously negotiated terms with Apple, which Billboard magazine reports will pay the labels either a 50/50 share of advertising revenues (after 10-20% expenses) or, if  higher,  cumulative revenues from pay-per-play royalties. Apple will reportedly pay slightly more than the $0.0012 cents per song/per listener that Pandora forks over   - maybe $0.00125 or $0.0013 a pop   - but Apple may not be paying for playlist songs that are skipped by the listener, as Pandora still covers.

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Jonathan Takiff covers all manner of high tech gadgets – and the entertaining stuff you play on them – for the Philadelphia Daily News, philly.com and the McClatchy Tribune News Service. Reach Jonathan at takiffj@phillynews.com.

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