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Topic # 162108 29-Jan-2015 13:35
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Some content news from Sony regarding their PSN service...


Sony Network Entertainment International and Spotify Announce Global Strategic Partnership to Bring the Best in Music to PlayStationNetwork

Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (SNEI) and Spotify today announced a global strategic partnership to deliver a best-in-class digital music experience to PlayStation Network and its 64 million active users1. Through this partnership, SNEI will launch a new music destination in Spring 2015 called PlayStation Music, with Spotify as the exclusive partner. 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, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Group Executive in charge of the Network Entertainment Business. “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.”

PlayStation Network and Spotify’s award-winning digital music service will be deeply integrated, offering unique and exclusive benefits to users. PlayStation Network users can link their accounts with Spotify, making it easy to subscribe to Spotify’s Premium service through the PlayStation Network wallet.

“We are incredibly honored to partner with Sony and PlayStation to give gamers around the world an amazing experience wherever they listen to music,” said Daniel Ek, CEO and Founder, Spotify. “As a gamer and PlayStation 4 user myself, I’m super excited to be able to soundtrack my FIFA 15 Arsenal matches later this spring.”

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) and enjoy the service on all of Spotify’s supported devices. Additionally, PS4 owners will be able to use Spotify while playing games, enabling them to soundtrack their gaming sessions with their favorite songs playing in the background.

SNEI’s current Music Unlimited service will close in all 19 countries on March 29, 2015.



PLAYSTATION NETWORK TO EMCOMPASS GAMES, TV, VIDEO AND MUSIC AS A PREMIUM ENTERTAINMENT SERVICE BRAND

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) and Sony Network Entertainment International LLC. (SNEI) announced that PlayStationNetwork (PSN) will be the premium entertainment service brand which encompasses games, TV, video and music services.  “Video Unlimited” and “Music Unlimited,” Sony’s digital video and music services currently offered on Sony Entertainment Network (SEN), will become part of PlayStation Network, and rebranded as PlayStationVideo (PS Video) and PlayStationMusic (PS Music) respectively.

The companies’ network service offerings have been steadily expanding over the years, and monthly active users of PlayStation Network and SEN have exceeded 64.0 million as of December, 2014.  While PlayStation Network has been synonymous with the best in gaming, it has also evolved to become a premier, comprehensive digital entertainment brand.  By tying the network services under a single brand, SCE and SNEI will aim to further expand the network business by building upon the success of delivering the best all-round digital entertainment, and also extending the ultimate gaming and network entertainment experiences to an arena including movies, TV, and music.

“We are very excited to offer our wide array of network services including games, TV, videos and music, under the PlayStation brand,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Group Executive in charge of the Network Entertainment Business.  “We look forward to bringing even more compelling experiences, and an unparalleled breadth and quality of digital entertainment services and content to our customers.”

As a unified service platform, PlayStation Network will continue to deliver compelling entertainment experiences through PlayStationStore (PS Store), gaming services such as PlayStationPlus (PS Plus), PlayStationNow (PS Now), and entertainment services including PlayStationVue (PS Vue), a service that reinvents the television experience, PS Video and PS Music.

Brief overview of individual services on PlayStation Network as follows:

 

  • PlayStationStore (PS Store)

Since its launch in November, 2006, PS Store has allowed users to discover and download digital game and video content anytime, anywhere from various devices including PlayStation platforms such as PlayStation4 (PS4), PlayStation3 (PS3) and PlayStationVita (PS Vita).  SCE and SNEI will continue to offer PS Store as a premier destination for users to purchase exciting content that can be instantly enjoyed on their PlayStation consoles. 

 

  • PlayStationPlus (PS Plus)

PS Plus offers members exclusive features and content, such as “Instant Game Collection,” which give users 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.  As of January 2, 2015, over 10.9 million users have been taking advantage of the features and benefits of the membership service.  PS Plus has been greatly enhanced since the launch of PS4, and will continue to provide a wide array of exciting content and services to PlayStation users.

 

  • PlayStationVideo (PS Video)

The 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.  With PS Video, users will have immediate access to buy or rent, not only a deep catalog of content, but the latest releases across movies and TV shows, including exclusive content only available on PlayStation, anytime and anywhere on various compatible devices. 

 

  • PlayStationMusic (PS Music)

PS Music will represent the music listening destination.  SCE and SNEI have entered into a global strategic partnership with Spotify, in order to continuously deliver a best-in-class digital music experience with PlayStation Network.  Spotify on PS Music will become newly available in 41 countries and regions this spring*2.  The music streaming service “Music Unlimited” will close in all 19 countries on March 29, 2015.

 

  • PlayStationNow (PS Now)

The streaming game service PS Now, allows users in the US and Canada to instantly enjoy a wide range of PS3 games on various network-enabled devices, by leveraging cloud-based technology.  Currently, the service is available on PlayStation platforms including PS4, PS3, PS Vita, and also Sony TVs and Blu-ray players, and select Samsung Smart TVs.

 

  • PlayStationVue (PS Vue)

PS Vue, first announced in November 2014, is a pioneering new cloud-based TV service that reinvents the television experience.  The beta preview has begun in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia for select PS4 and PS3 owners, and will launch commercially during the first quarter of 2015.  PS Vue leverages the power of the cloud to combine the live, on-demand, and catch-up TV content viewers love with a powerful user interface, that delivers unprecedented personalization and simplicity.

Services names and logos on PlayStation Network supported devices will be renewed through a phased transition starting this February.

Through innovative network services and business partnerships, SCE and SNEI will deliver compelling content and experiences to users, and strive to further expand the PlayStation platform.







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  Reply # 1224718 29-Jan-2015 14:09
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good move, music unlimited is much like spotify except much clunkier and it never really took off. look forward to using spotify directly on the PS4.

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