Sony, Spotify To Offer PlayStation Network Service

Music service to join new entertainment, gaming offerings
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San Mateo, Calif. – Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI) and Spotify have entered a strategic partnership to deliver a new digital music service to the 64 million active users on the PlayStation Network.

Sony said Wednesday that PlayStation Network will become a premium entertainment service brand which encompasses games, TV, video and music services.

The current "Video Unlimited" and "Music Unlimited" digital video and music services offered on Sony Entertainment Network will become part of PlayStation Network, and rebranded as PlayStation Video (PS Video) and PlayStation Music (PS Music) respectively.

As part of the platform, Sony said it plans to launch PlayStation Music as a “new music destination” in Spring 2015. Spotify will be the exclusive music partner, the companies said.

Spotify on PlayStation Music will roll out in 41 markets, initially for PlayStation consoles and Xperia smartphones and tablets.

“Music is a core component of the entertainment offering that consumers expect from Sony, and our goal with PlayStation Music is to provide the most compelling music experiences to the millions of PlayStation Network users around the world,” said Andrew House, Sony Computer Entertainment and Network Entertainment Business president and group CEO. “This partnership represents the best in music and the best in gaming coming together, which will benefit the vibrant and passionate communities of both Spotify and PlayStation Network. We're thrilled to make Spotify the foundation of our strategy with PlayStation Music.”

Sony said the new service will be “deeply integrated, offering unique and exclusive benefits to users,” including the ability to link accounts with Spotify to easily subscribe to Spotify's premium service through the PlayStation Network wallet.

Spotify on PlayStation Music will offer more than 30 million songs and 1.5 billion playlists on PlayStation4 (PS4) and PlayStation3 (PS3) systems, as well as Xperia smartphones and tablets. Users will be able to create a music collection and listen to playlists (including existing playlists from current Spotify users as well as Spotify curated playlists).

Additionally, PS4 owners will be able to use Spotify while playing games, enabling them to soundtrack their game sessions.

The current SNEI Music Unlimited service will close in all 19 countries on March 29, 2015. Those countries will be among the 41 markets where the new PlayStation Music service will be available at launch, Sony said.

From Feb. 28, 2015, Music Unlimited users with active subscriptions will receive up to 30 days of free access to Music Unlimited through March 29, 2015, and will be offered an introductory Spotify Premium trial, Sony said. 

Other services on PlayStation Network will include the following:

•           PlayStationStore (PS Store) will continue to allow users to discover and download digital game and video content from various devices including PlayStation platforms such as PS4, PS3 and PlayStationVita (PS Vita).

•           PlayStationPlus (PS Plus) offers exclusive features and content, such as "Instant Game Collection," with access to full versions of popular titles with no time limits or extra costs, and "Online Multiplayer," which allows PS4 owners to play with and challenge other gamers over the network.

•           PlayStationVideo (PS Video) offers video on demand and transactional service, "Video Unlimited" will be rebranded as PS Video and will continue to offer over 200,000 movies and TV shows across PlayStation platforms, Sony devices and PCs in 11 countries and regions.

•           PlayStationNow (PS Now) is a streaming game service allowing users in the U.S. and Canada to instantly play a wide range of PS3 games on various network-enabled devices, by leveraging cloud-based technology.

•           PlayStationVue (PS Vue), the OTT live streaming TV service, will offer cloud-based TV content, and will launch commercially during the first quarter of 2015. PS Vue combines live, on-demand, and catch-up TV content with an easy to navigate user interface, Sony said.

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