Sony to shutter iTunes & Beats Music competitor Music Unlimited, partner with Spotify

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited February 2015
Struggling Japanese electronics maker Sony has conceded defeat in the digital music market, announcing on Wednesday that it will close its cross-platform Music Unlimited service at the end of March and refer customers to another iTunes & Beats Music competitor, Spotify.




In an announcement published on the official Playstation Blog, Eric Lempel, vice president of Sony Network Entertainment revealed that Music Unlimited will close in all 19 countries it serves on March 29. Music Unlimited debuted on Apple's iOS platform with a dedicated app in 2012.

Replacing the subscription service is a partnership with Spotify, which has been branded as "Spotify on PlayStation Music." Sony will initially launch the service on its PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 consoles, before later arriving on Xperia smartphones and tablets.

Sony's unlimited music subscriptions never gained much traction against the likes of Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, or even the iTunes Radio streaming service, which Apple debuted in 2013. Apple also entered the on-demand streaming service, taking on the likes of Spotify, with its acquisition of Beats Music last year.

The digital music market has been transitioning away from song and album sales, which Apple still offers on the iTunes Store, and toward subscription streaming models. While Apple remains the leader in digital music sales, its iTunes Radio product lags behind Pandora in personalized Internet radio, while Spotify remains the market leader ahead of Beats Music.

Rumors have suggested that Apple plans to rebrand its recently acquired Beats Music service, bringing it under the iTunes umbrella. It's been reported that Beats Music will relaunch this year, completely rebuilt and integrated into iTunes.

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  • Reply 1 of 17

    Sony has really lost their way with regard to the consumer, other than their PS3 (or 4, or whatever number it is now).

  • Reply 2 of 17
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post

     

    Sony has really lost their way with regard to the consumer, other than their PS3 (or 4, or whatever number it is now).




    All their divisions are profitable now, excepting the smartphone division. The problem is that the smartphone division is so unprofitable it eats all the profits from the other divisions.

  • Reply 3 of 17



    Wow, now that's a confusing title. :-)

  • Reply 4 of 17

    Never heard of this crap - so good riddance.

  • Reply 5 of 17
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,294member
    Sony has really lost their way with regard to the consumer, other than their PS3 (or 4, or whatever number it is now).

    They always made great pro video equipment, I hope that division doesn't get dragged down by the consumer side of things.
  • Reply 6 of 17
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,294member
    drewys808 wrote: »

    Wow, now that's a confusing title. :-)

    Yes I had to read that several times ... imagine being beaten with a spotify! The mind boggles.
  • Reply 7 of 17
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,652member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post





    They always made great pro video equipment, I hope that division doesn't get dragged down by the consumer side of things.



    Sony has always made great products.  The problem with them is that any attempt at a product that includes a software component ended up becoming such a horrible, horrendous mess of confusion, instability, and shoddy work.  They could have been a dominant player years ago during the iPod era but frankly, trying to force-feed their DRM on everyone I think doomed them to obsolescence.  



    I like their phones designs though.

  • Reply 8 of 17
    They always made great pro video equipment, I hope that division doesn't get dragged down by the consumer side of things.

    I'm starting to think of S.G.I. .. How ironic was it that they became widely known to the public for their re-creation of the dinosaur, only to become one later themselves.
  • Reply 9 of 17
    They always made great pro video equipment, I hope that division doesn't get dragged down by the consumer side of things.

    I'm starting to think of S.G.I. .. How ironic was it that they became widely known to the public for their re-creation of the dinosaur, only to become one later themselves.
  • Reply 10 of 17
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,294member
    I'm starting to think of S.G.I. .. How ironic was it that they became widely known to the public for their re-creation of the dinosaur, only to become one later themselves.

    Turn echo off ;)
  • Reply 11 of 17
    I was a Sony Connect store customer wayyyyyyy back in 2005/2006. I probably got a dozen or so albums off that service and Sony killed that music store for no good reason and let the awesome URL (connect.com) rot away.

    Years later they came out with this music store and I completely avoided it because I knew they'd do the exact same thing after a year or two.

    I was 100% right. Sony is not a company that can be relied on for many, many things.
  • Reply 12 of 17
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    apple really needs to step up its game in this market.

    Pay the artists more and offer the customer more.

    With the catalogue iTunes has, they should make a service that streams music, movies, TV shows and more.*


    *i know they can't just do that but if anyone has the power to do so....
  • Reply 13 of 17
    jbdragonjbdragon Posts: 2,135member

    I don't think I've ever used Music Unlimited, ever.  Not even downloaded the App.  I mostly use Pandora.  I like the radio style randomness of Pandora and even Apple streaming music isn't to bad, though the App needs improvement.

  • Reply 14 of 17

    When Music Unlimited started it was called 'qriocity'. (I had to look that up and I had to copy and paste it because can't pronounce it which means I sure as heck can't spell it which means there's no way I can type it into a web browser and use the service.)

     

    Shouldn't marketing 101 be something like, make sure people can pronounce and spell your product name?

  • Reply 15 of 17
    Sony has really lost their way with regard to the consumer, other than their PS3 (or 4, or whatever number it is now).

    It's called the Vita, and it's completely new, original, and awesome.
  • Reply 16 of 17
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,980member
    It's called the Vita, and it's completely new, original, and awesome.

    The Vita isn't exactly new, but it is absolutely awesome.
  • Reply 17 of 17
    clemynxclemynx Posts: 1,510member
    Off topic but looking at that image, isn't the 5S beautiful? It's like a block of aluminium.
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