January 29, 2015
Service Will Replace Music Unlimited
Sony PlayStation gamers can now march to a million different beats.
Those beats will come thanks to Spotify, the music streaming service, following an exclusive deal between the two. It means the 30 million songs in the Spotify catalog will soon be available to PlayStation 3 and 4 gamers as the service — dubbed PlayStation Music — will replace the much maligned Music Unlimited.
“We know how important music is to our community of gamers, and this partnership combines the best in music with the best in gaming. PlayStation Network users will enjoy the convenience of linking your accounts to Spotify, making it easy to sign-up with your existing ID and subscribe to Spotify’s Premium service,” Sony Network Entertainment vice-president Eric Lempel said on the site.
“You can also use Spotify while playing games on PS4, enabling you to soundtrack your gaming sessions with your favorite songs in the background.”
The move, reports Wired, puts Sony into the competitive streaming music industry. With Spotify partnering, though, it means the company has some strength to compete against Pandora and Apple.
There have been few details released on the partnership other than Lempel’s blog post and Spotify adding a ‘Spotify loves PlayStation’ header to its page.
There’s been no reports on pricing, but Sony has said Music Unlimited will close in all 19 countries on March 29.
Nearly all of these countries will be among the 41 markets where PlayStation Music featuring Spotify will be available at launch, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Beginning Feb. 28, Music Unlimited users with active subscriptions will receive up to 30 days of free access through March 29.
W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.