Sony Announces ‘PlayStation Music’, A Streaming Service Powered By Spotify

Earlier today, Sony unveiled a brand new music streaming service called PlayStation Music. The audio streaming platform will be run via a partnership with Spotify and be launching on the PS3, PS4, and Xperia mobile devices come this Spring.

The announcement is particularly notable for two reasons:

  1. PlayStation Music is intended to be a full on replacement for Sony's existing Sony Music Unlimited service that hasn't caught onto the mainstream consumer market. The service is expected to close its doors on March 29th, 2015. Any paid subscribers as of February 28th will be given free access to the last month of the service's existence.
  2. This is the first time Spotify has partnered with any game console, and this provides another small yet notable advantage to the Sony's PS4 over the Xbox One. In the past, Microsoft has secured the first access to streaming services like HBO GO so this is a battle that they were unable to win.

While there aren't a lot of known details about PlayStation Music at this time. We do know that you will be required to have an active Spotify Premium subscription in order to take advantage of the service. An estimated launch date is Spring 2015 although this is subject to change should any major bottlenecks arise.

Via: Engadget
Source: Spotify, Sony