Sony launches Music Unlimited streaming on PS3, Bravia TVs and more

Sony launches Music Unlimited streaming on PS3, Bravia TVs and more

Summary: Sony has officially launched its Music Unlimited streaming service, which is expected (or at least hoped) to give iTunes some competition.

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Sony has officially launched its Music Unlimited streaming service, which is expected (or at least hoped) to give iTunes some competition.

The cloud-based music program streams music to Internet-connected devices (especially those made by Sony) such as Blu-ray disc players, Bravia HDTVs, PlayStation 3 consoles, computers and even Android devices. The catalog currently retains approximately six million songs that a subscriber can stream an unlimited amount of times.

Sony does want to play nice with iTunes and other existing media libraries that users might have. Users should be able sync up files and playlists across multiple devices with this platform.

The Music Unlimited service made its initial debut in the United Kingdom and Ireland today. A roll out across Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and New Zealand and the United States is planned for 2011. For reference, pricing plans start at £3.99/€3.99 ($6.14/$5.23) for monthly subscription plans.

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  • Should have named it "Very Limited Music"

    But I guess Marketing decided that title wouldn't sell so well. So they are stuck with their Pravda-like title. Sony has done nothing but bring out proprietary customer-hostile trash for the last decade. This is just more of the same.
    terry flores
    • RE: Sony launches Music Unlimited streaming on PS3, Bravia TVs and more

      @terry flores

      Are you serious? With the alternative being the iPod/iTunes prison? 6$/mo to create your own playlists and stream as much as you want sounds pretty good to me. Especially with Android support.
      civikminded
      • There are many alternatives

        @civikminded
        besides itunes. In fact, I would argue that this service competes more with Sirius/XM then with iTunes.

        [i]ipod/itunes prison[/i]
        How is it a prison to own what you pay for?
        If you buy a tune on itunes you can play it anywhere you like and own it if forever without ever paying another dime. Being forced to pay month after month to play the same music seems more like prison to me.
        Tigertank
  • Strange comparison

    How is internet radio competition for iTunes?
    Seems like a completely different kind of service.

    Sony is just the latest corporation dumping out another subscription "service" hoping to lure people into monthly fee cash-cow.
    Tigertank
    • RE: Sony launches Music Unlimited streaming on PS3, Bravia TVs and more

      @Tigertank

      Not all music subscription services are steaming-only. Some offer exactly the same benefits as iTunes on top of offering functionality that iTunes can't.
      Qbt
      • This article is about a streaming service.

        @Qbt
        At any rate, How many subscription services offer the ability to not pay a monthly fee to listen to your existing music if you are not downloading any new music?

        I guess if I was a teenager and didn't have a vast collection of my own music, then a subscription service might make sense. But for those of us that listen to our own collection that we have accumulated over our lives all the time but only occasionally download new music it is a waste of money.

        I also don't have to worry about losing my collection if another service comes along or I decide to not subscribe anymore. Subscription services are definitely not for me.

        Then again if it were up to me I would also like to choose the few programs on TV that I watch and pay for only them rather then pay crazy cable bills to have access to hundreds channels that I never watch. call me crazy.
        Tigertank
  • What is it? Year 2001 or something? Another failure.

    <b>It is like forth attempt by Sony to hit itself in the head by stepping on a subscription rake.</b> A whole lot of similar projects failed and none of these which are exist are anything even most remotedly close to iTunes revenue.
    DDERSSS
  • RE: Sony launches Music Unlimited streaming on PS3, Bravia TVs and more

    A subscription service CAN work, but it needs to really be all of the music companies and it needs to be available on portable media via cell phone type devices. Think XM radio with interactivity.

    Also, it will need to be priced right and the majority of the money, beyond the ACTUAL operating costs, needs to go to the bands and not the music companies!
    richard233
  • I'm getting a very good deal, thank you very much

    I believe the only reason why I can get such a sweet deal with Zune Pass is simply because record companies allow it due to its low volume of users. That is fine with me and as long as that continues, I am happy. Such a deal would never fly on iTunes. People continue to believe that iTunes is the best possible music service, but this is usually because they don't understand how something like Zune Pass works (some think it only does streaming) and are unaware that it actually gives you everything iTunes has to offer plus a lot more that iTunes would never even come close to matching.<br><br>BTW, to richard233: You can already do exactly that with Zune Pass and WP7. What is it that you need it to do that it can't already do?
    Qbt