They (which includes everyone from Microsoft to Real to SanDisk) used to mock Apple for having a walled garden approach to digital music. iPod + iTunes + Apple DRM = Money. Well now they are building their own walls – Microsoft has Zune.
Folks at San Disk are now working with Real to build Sandisk Rhapsody which is tightly integrated with Sansa, reports the Wall Street Journal. My sources say that Best Buy was going to be part of this release, but there is no mention of them in the news. Of course, the Real folks never got back, and SanDisk denied that such a deal was in the works. Of course they did…. regardless, the increasing number of wall gardens must be giving Boing Boing’s Cory Doctrow some unpleasant moments.