Today marks the end of Sony’s paid music subscription service “Music Unlimited” and the start of a partnership between Sony and Spotify to provide gamers with a free music streaming service on their Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 consoles.
The app will be called “Playstation Music featuring Spotify” and allow you to stream music while playing games on your console. It will launch in 41 markets worldwide and allow a vast majority of the 60 million existing Spotify users to link their accounts with the app. Both the free and the paid “Spotify Premium” services are supported and even if you do not have a Playstation Plus subscription, you will be able to use the feature.
A 30 day free trial is available for new users and people who have previously subscribed to Sony’s Music Unlimited service will receive a 60 day trial period. If you have the mobile app and are on the same wi-fi network with your console, it will allow you to log in to your Spotify account without having to type in your account credentials, making it a very seamless transition. Additionally you will be able to change stations as well as tracks with your mobile device. If you like to stream music while playing games, things will mostly remain the same from the previous Music Unlimited service. The music will play along with the in-game sounds and those can be turned down within the games settings. Holding down the Playstation button will allow you to change the musics volume as well as change the tracks via L1 and R1.
According to Sony, the app development was a true collaboration between Spotify and Sony and the two parties will continue to work on improving and enhancing the experience. The app can be found in the main menu of your Playstation and may prompt you to a small download.