Pssst - wanna copy 200 CDs?
No wonder Wired calls it 'The Civil War Inside Sony'. Just as Sony BMG Music finally shucks off the bad publicity over its rootkit copyprotection software, along comes Sony's PC division with a new Vaio that can copy 200 CDs while you sleep.
The Vaio XL2 Digital Living PC is a Media Centre desktop that sports a 200-disc changer. So if you want to copy your music collection while you sleep ... hang on, no that's illegal. Let's try that sentence again: So if you want to make, really, really sure of your back-ups while you sleep, this is your PC. You also get HDTV reception courtesy of two (nice touch) TV tuners. All this for $US2300. Unfortunately, there are no plans for NZ release (Sony NZ has a notebook-only Vaio line-up). Pity. Along with an electronic program guide (the sole preserve of Sky and its MySky box here), such multimedia frills are what's needed to spark genuine interest in Media Centre PCs.
And oh, incidentally, Sony Pictures will also be wanting to fire off a snarky email to the company's PC division, as the Vaio XL2 can copy DVDs, too.
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