Spotify, Sony Unveil PlayStation Music

On Wednesday, Sony announced its plans to re-launch its music streaming service under a new name along with a new partner, Spotify.

Both Spotify and Sony took to their respective blogs to announce the new streaming service, dubbed PlayStation Music. This new service, set to launch in "Spring 2015," will replace Sony's existing Music Unlimited service which will close in all 19 countries where it is currently active in March 2015. Existing Music Unlimited subscribers will get one month of free access, starting at the end of February, to PlayStation Music. Nearly all of these countries will be included in the 41 markets initially supported by PlayStation Music featuring Spotify including the United States, Mexico, Brazil, and Canada. The new service will initially launch on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles as well as Xperia smartphones and tablets. Users will be able to sync their PlayStation and Spotify accounts with the service.

"This partnership represents the best in music and the best in gaming coming together," said Sony president Andrew House in a statement. "We're thrilled to make Spotify the foundation of our strategy with PlayStation Music." Sony VP Eric Lempel added, "You can also use Spotify while playing games on PS4, enabling you to soundtrack your gaming sessions with your favorite songs in the background." The service will feature more than 30 million songs and 1.5 billion playlists. More features will be revealed as the service's launch date gets closer. Users can sign up to be notified when PlayStation Music launches here.

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