Sony changes mind about $50 fee to remove crapware

Late last night word started circulating that Sony’s suits decided that delivering crapware-free PCs was a great idea, particularly if they could get consumers to pay $50 for a PC free of the bloat.

For the uninitiated, “crapware” is the loving term we give to all the useless and often quite irritating software that comes pre-installed on a new PC. ISPs software, anti-virus software that won’t work in 60 days, pointless “media players” and “managers” are just some of the examples of software that are routinely uninstalled on new PCs we receive in the lab. It’s a real pain, and sometimes these crappy programs cause you problems.

We learned at 2007’s International CES, straight from Michael Dell himself, that “crapware” generates significant revenue for the PC industry, accounting for some $60 of revenue per machine at Dell. In an industry with razor-thin margins, it’s not hard to see why crapware is popular with OEMs like Dell and Sony. Not everyone can rake in Apple-like margins on computer hardware (of course, Apple is better on crapware than most, too). (link)


1 Response to “Sony changes mind about $50 fee to remove crapware”

  1. 1 Sony changes mind about $50 fee to remove crapware Trackback on March 24, 2008 at 8:58 am

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