PlayStation Music, which lets you play Spotify during games, launches worldwide

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PlayStation Music, which lets you play Spotify during games, launches worldwide.

NEW YORK (AP) — Spotify is coming to the PlayStation, replacing Sony’s own Music Unlimited service, as the company continues to expand the game console into an entertainment hub beyond video games.

With PlayStation Music songs and playlists will blend seamlessly with the game, replacing the existing soundtrack – sound effects and dialogue will be audible over the top of the music.Just over two months ago Sony gave up on Music Unlimited, the company’s homegrown music streaming service, in favor of a deal to bring Spotify to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 consoles. So in January, the company announced that it would partner with Spotify for a new service called PlayStation Music, which officially replaced Music Unlimited on Monday. The software will automatically install on PlayStation PS3 and PS4 consoles the next time they’re turned on, but no charge will be incurred unless users want to pay for the ad-free premium account. The new service, which is available for PlayStations 3 and 4, went live in 41 countries, including the U.S., UK, Turkey, Ireland, Italy, France, Germany, Australia, Brazil and Mexico.

Sony says partnering with Spotify expands its music service to 41 countries, rather than the 19 available with Music Unlimited, and offers better tools for playlists and music discovery. By pressing the PlayStation button during a game users will be able to change song or playlist without quitting – it’s even possible to do this via a smartphone app so that gameplay is not interrupted. . “I remember playing computer games like Quake and Counter-Strike with my favourite tunes on in the background – taking the experience to a whole new level. It’s not clear if PlayStation Music will offer more music services in the future, but for now it’s just Spotify—Sony’s Music Unlimited was retired on Sunday.

It lets users connect to their Spotify accounts, stream music, access playlists — curated as well as their own — and search for artists and albums. Spotify has been available on a multitude of devices for years, including mobiles, tablets, and smart TVs, but it has hitherto been absent on games consoles. With today’s launch, we’re bringing back that magic of gaming with music – all in a beautifully designed and smooth experience that looks great on the big screen.” John Kodera, president of Sony Network Entertainment International, said: “With Spotify as the foundation of PlayStation Music, we’ll continue to evolve the service to deliver the best entertainment experience that gamers have come to expect from PlayStation Network.” Just two weeks ago, Sony launched an online television service, PlayStation Vue, offering more than 50 over-the-air and cable channels starting at $50 a month. Spotify on PlayStation Music isn’t just a direct port from its existing tablet or TV apps, however, and the two companies have been working together closely to create something more tailored for a games consoles.

The service works even with the free, ad-supported version of Spotify; of course, those who want to get rid of the ads can pay $10 per month for Spotify Premium. Its music app is available on some Internet-connected TVs and set-top boxes, but Spotify says it worked closely with Sony to optimize its service for the PlayStation. Notable features include: the ability to listen to music while playing a game and still listening to sound effects, or automatically pausing the game while changing volume or playlists. Also, you can control the music using Spotify Connect, meaning your phone or tablet are essentially controllers while your gaming continues in the foreground. This effectively means you don’t have to pause the game and switch apps — you simply touch a button on your mobile to skip a track or turn the music down.

Spotify usually restricts its free tier to mobile, tablet, and PC users; listen on something like a Samsung smart TV or Roku and you need a paid subscription. Sony Music Unlimited didn’t have a free tier, but with Spotify now in tow, gamers who are willing to tolerate adverts while playing Grand Theft Auto V can get in on the music action, too.

Music Unlimited subscribers won’t be automatically switched over; those that subscribe on other devices such as Sony phones, will need to get the Spotify app. The full 41 launch markets are as follows: 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, U.K., and U.S.

That may not hurt Microsoft too much since the company would prefer its gamers use Xbox Music (now with OneDrive support for personal libraries), but—as Engadget points out—judging by this 40-page Spotify forum thread Xbox gamers don’t feel the same way.

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