Sony today revealed PlayStation Music, a new Spotify-powered music service coming to PlayStation 3, 4 and “Xperia smartphones and tablets” this spring. The service will outright replace Music Unlimited, the service that Sony previously implemented across devices, powered by its own enormous music catalog. The news marks the first time Spotify has come to any game console, and is a major coup for Sony’s PlayStation group in the battle for major home entertainment apps on game consoles (Xbox One notoriously got HBO Go first).
Excellent news. I’ve always wanted something like this, but wasn’t willing to sign up for another service when I already use Spotify for streaming.
Some interesting technical details and statistics.
Only 8.8% of music playback comes from Spotify’s servers. The rest comes from the peer-to-peer network (35.8%) or your local cache (55.4%).
They had 320,000 paid subscribers in March 2010, so the service is growing at a healthy pace.
20 hours of free music, for those without an invite to Spotify. I have an inkling that the cap will eventually span all free accounts, invite or no invite.
Considering that it’s only available in a few countries, these are good numbers for Spotify.
The client has been released – I’d guess that it offers pretty much the same features as the iPhone app.
Update: as with the iPhone version, the client’s for premium subscribers and it supports offline playlists.