Poor Sony. It seems as if everywhere Apple points, Sony happens to be in the line of fire.
* Apple's iTunes offers digital video downloads that sidestep the need for optical discs. Sony sells DVD and Blu-ray players.
* Apple's iPhone and iPod touch -- and now iPad -- play thousands of free or dirt-cheap video games. Sony's PlayStation3 console and PSP handheld require brisk software sales of licensed titles.
* Apple's monitors continue to get bigger, and even the iPad is a worthy platform for digital video. Sony sells Bravia TVs.
* Apple's iBookstore program for the iPad is winning critical praise for its colorful content. Sony's e-book reader was already having a hard time against Amazon.com's Kindle.