Sony Unveils Spotify on PlayStation: ‘Much Better’ Than Its Failed Music App

30 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

PlayStation Replaces Music Service With Spotify.

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.

There probably isn’t a gamer out there who hasn’t, at one point or another, played their music while gaming – albeit from a separate laptop or speaker set-up. If you happen to be a PlayStation 3 or 4 owner, that is about to change quite dramatically as PlayStation Music launches today, with Spotify at its core. 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. Spotify’s 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.

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. While its arrival on PS3 and PS4 is a milestone moment for Spotify itself, it also signifies the end for Sony’s own Music Unlimited service, which officially closed yesterday. 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. All the usual Spotify features are now on PlayStation too, with the ability to search and create playlists as well as listen to those already put together by the service.

It’s all controllable in-game too, with a menu that enables users to tweak the volume of music and game – setting a volume balance between the two that you’re happy with between game dialogue and those Mumford & Sons lyrics. Also, you can control the music using Spotify Connect, meaning your phone or tablet are essentially controllers while your gaming continues in the foreground.

It’s also worth noting that this is not a watered down version of Spotify either – the full 30 million track catalogue is available in PlayStation Music. 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, with users on Samsung smart TVs or Roku, for example, requiring a paid subcription. This is hooked into PlayStation Music, enabling someone else in the room – if you have a friend with you for example – to control what’s playing by adding to the queue and changing playlists remotely.

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. 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. 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.

Spotify too wants to stay ahead of the game as the number of streaming services and music listening options continues to grow – Apple has been said to be working on theirs behind the scenes ahead of a big debut this summer.

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