If you have the same love-hate relationship that I do with Sony, you’ll be thrilled to hear about yet another flash memory format coming to a proprietary device near you. Sony is in/famous for only supporting the memory stick format…which only Sony uses. Now we may have another format that won’t work in anything else. Don’t get me wrong, I have a 1GB memory stick in my Sony CLIE TH55 and it does what it’s supposed to. But we already pay a premium for using normal memory sticks. What are we going to pay for this joker?
Oh god yes, finally, what consumers have been demanding for nigh on years now — another friggin’ memory friggin’ format. Sony and SanDisk were showing off the new Memory Stick Micro M2, measuring 15 x 12.5 x 1.2mm (about 1/4 the size of the Memory Stick Duo), designed to compete with MiniSD cards as well as to be increasingly easier to lose. Yes! Apparently the format has a theoretical maximum of a whopping 32GB of storage capacity which, if true, might make us momentarily pause from our normal “but whyyyyyy another goldarn format already?” routine and take notice — but somehow we have a feeling these won’t just be popping out during the first days of product rollout, which should be sometime in the first half of 2006. No word on which sizes will be rolling out, neither, so we safely return you to your regularly scheduled bitchfest.