Music Unlimited now streaming to UK, Ireland
Although it was originally announced for the PSP, Sony has launched the Music Unlimited streaming service to PS3s in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Powered by Qriocity, a digital video rental service available to many Sony TV’s and Blu-Ray players, Music Unlimited brings over six million songs for either a basic (£3.99) or premium (£9.99) monthly subscription. It boasts ad-free, unlimited-skipping channels that users can customize to their tastes. It also makes use of SensMe mood-based playlists and predictive playlists based on songs tagged as “liked” or “disliked”. Finally, users can sync their existing music libraries using applications like iTunes to stream to any Qriocity-compatible devices.
Speaking of devices, the service isn’t exclusive to the Playstation 3. Music Unlimited is available on (or is coming to) many 2010-model internet-enable Bravia TVs, Blu-Ray Disc Players, Vaio laptops, Android phones, and “other Sony handhelds” (which presumably includes the PSP).
A 30-day free trial of the Premium service is available, which includes full on-demand access to the entire Music Unlimited catalog.
While currently available only in Ireland and the United Kingdom, Music Unlimited is due to be announced for Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, and the U.S. sometime in 2011.