In a twist that is not surprising at all Sony has decided to partner with Spotify to create PlayStation Music, eliminating the need for Music Unlimited in the process.
PlayStation Music is a new service announced by Sony and Spotify that will allow gamers to do something else with their consoles whenever they’re taking a break: to access the endless supply of music in Spotify’s library of tunes. And because of this, Sony realized there was no point in Music Unlimited existing anymore, so their support will end the 29th of March, right on time for Spotify to finish the new program.
Music Unlimited used to be Sony’s on-demand service, and it launched as Qriocity in 2010. While it was supported in 19 countries, the service was unavailable in many others that had local versions of Sony’s offerings and services. It seems that the service was more of a hassle for Sony, who now seem happy to get rid of it and hand the responsibility off to a third party, like many other companies outside of the video game field have done.
PlayStation Music will let users access and manage their Spotify playlists and songs from the consoles, and link both Spotify and PSN accounts even letting users pay for Spotify via their PSN wallets. The service will be available for all of Sony’s home consoles (PS3 & PS4) but not for the portable PS Vita. The idea is to let users listen to music while they play their favorite games.
Current Music Unlimited users will receive the next month for free as well as a free Spotify trial once the new app launches. All in all, the service will be available in: Andorra, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, UK and USA.
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