By >Tom LESKIN
Android music streaming choices expand with the Sony Music Unlimited app
With a few music streaming services making headlines lately from Apple, Amazon and Google, today Sony finally jumped into the game with the arrival of their Music Unlimited service on Android, which is powered by Qriocity, a service we should all know about now with the PSN incidents.
The app is now available from the Android Market as a free download for not only Sony devices, but nearly any Android device as well, it worked on my HTC phone. Unlike the Google Music Beta, which is free, Sony is charging $4 a month for the basic service or $10 a month for the premium service.
You can also stream the music to your TV, Blu-Ray player or PS3.
15 June 2011
Listen to over seven million songs at anytime and anywhere
Sony Corporation (“Sony”) announces the immediate availability of the “Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity™” App on Android Market in the U.S., France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand[i].
The cloud-based, digital music service gives music lovers streaming access at anytime and anywhere[ii] to an ever expanding catalogue of currently over seven million licensed songs from major labels including Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI Music as well as leading independent labels and major publishers worldwide.
Users can now enjoy the service on Sony Ericsson’s Android-based mobile devices including Xperia™ arc, Xperia™ PLAY, Xperia™X10, Xperia™X8 and Xperia™ neo as well as Android-based third party devices[iii]. Users can also continue to access the service on a wide variety of internet-connected Sony devices including 2010 and 2011 models of network-enabled BRAVIA® HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc™ players and Blu-ray Disc Home Theater systems as well as the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) and personal computers including VAIO®[iv] personal computers.
“‘Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity’ offers extensive breadth of content, easy music discovery and personalization through a synchronized music experience across a variety of compatible home entertainment and portable devices,” said Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation. “‘Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity’ for Android is the next evolution of the service which enhances the value proposition for our customers.”
Powering the back-end of the service are Omnifone and Gracenote. Omnifone provided its award-winning platform services to develop and deliver the service across a range of device platforms as well as licensed the service with rights holders around the world to provide a global catalogue of over seven million tracks, while Gracenote’s music identification and discovery technologies and Global Media Database create a rich experience for subscribers, letting them enjoy their existing digital music collection and discover new artists and albums.
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Multi Device Compatibility
[i] App available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
[ii] Service accessible wherever WiFi , 3G or 4G is available
[iii] Service supported on Android phones and devices that run Android 2.1, Android 2.2 or Android 2.3
[iv] Any web-connected computer running an Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Chrome browser
[v] SensMe™ is Sony’s proprietary 12 Tone Analysis technology to evaluate music tracks
[vi] Users can synchronize their existing DRM-free music files and playlists from other media players including iTunes®
[vii] * Premium Plan Only. You must be aged 18 over. Credit cards details required. Unless you cancel your subscription prior to the end of the free trial, it will automatically renew and you will be charged a recurring subscription fee.