Good for you, Sony. You get points for finally throwing in the towel on your CONNECT Music Service.
Granted you stopped trying to patch it well over a year ago and it never really worked correctly in the first place but kudos to you for shutting it down by March of next year. That oughta give all those people who never used the service a chance to back up all the songs they never purchased.
For those of you who use CONNECT, please be assured that you can still play your purchased tracks through the older SonicStage software and on any of your ATRAC-compatible devices. The CONNECT service for Sony’s eBook reader, which I understand is actually somewhat popular, will NOT be shut down.