Sony to Shutter Fledgling Music Service in Favor of Spotify
According to its own PlayStation blog, Sony intends to shut down its streaming Music Unlimited service in March in favor of a new PlayStation-branded service powered by Spotify. The new service will launch this quarter on PlayStation 3 and 4, and on Xperia mobile phones and tablets, replacing Music Unlimited offerings entirely. Current Music Unlimited subscribers with active subscriptions will receive a credit toward the new service during the transition period for up to 30 days.
The new service will be introduced to 41 markets worldwide, expanding Sony’s current 19-country reach with Music Unlimited. PlayStation Music will also enable music playback during gameplay on PlayStation 4 consoles, enabling something of a personalized soundtracking capability.
The Music Unlimited service will shut down on March 29, 2015.
While Sony is decidedly moving away from music streaming, they’re simultaneously preparing to launch a new TV service for the platform, PlayStation Vue, which Gigaom expects will launch around the same timeframe.
Source: Sony PlayStation Blog