PS3 ‘Music Unlimited’ Service Debuts in UK; Coming to Select Countries

December 23, 2010Written by Paulmichael Contreras

…and the cycle is complete! First, a Qriocity logo was spotted on login screens. Next, the PSP received an update to prepare it for “Music Unlimited,” a streaming cloud-based music service. Now, the service is finally making its way over to the PlayStation 3, and we’ve got the full details available after the jump.

According to a recent press release, the “Music Unlimited” service can now be found in the U.K. and Ireland. Sony plans to roll the services out to other countries, including “Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, New Zealand and [the] U.S…in due course during 2011.” This service is the product of a partnership with cloud services company Omnifone. While the service does not include a free subscription plan, it does include two tiers to choose from:

  • A “Basic” plan: £3.99 in the U.K., €3.99 in Ireland. This plan gives subscribers unlimited streaming of ad-free personalized radio stations. These are similar to services such as Pandora, but offer the ability to skip as many songs as you wish with no restrictions.
  • A “Premium” plan: £9.99 in the U.K., €9.99 in Ireland. This allows for complete access to the entire library of songs (Sony is touting around six million songs as of this writing), and the creation of personal playlists. This service also comes with functionality to store any DRM-free or “Music Unlimited” licensed tracks for playback on any other connected, compatible device.

The service leverages Sony’s “SensMe” technology to try to suggest new music to listen to based on your existing library using a “like/dislike” rating system. Here’s hoping the service crosses the pond over to the States sooner rather than later, and of course stay connected with PlayStation LifeStyle for any more news on the service (Full press release on Page 2).

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