Sony to close down its Music Unlimited streaming service, Spotify will pick up the slack

Sony to close down its Music Unlimited streaming service, Spotify will pick up the slack
Seeing that Sony operates the world’s second largest record label and other major music publishing businesses, it is a remarkable turn of events to see the company announce that its separately operated streaming music service, called Music Unlimited, will shut down at the end of March.

The $10-per-month subscription service is one of the largest in operating in Japan, and has been available in the United States for four years. Music Unlimited is integrated with a number of Sony products like PlayStation, and Xperia smartphones.

Once the month of March passes, Music Unlimited subscriptions will not renew, and the service will go silent. In its place, Spotify will be the streaming music content for Sony products. Sony did not state how many subscribers would be affected by this move, but the grapevine is saying the paid subscriber base was just over 100,000 users.

At $10-per-month, and with access to pretty much the same 30 million title library as Google Play All Access, Apple’s Beats Music, Spotify, Slacker, Rdio, Rhapsody, and Deezer, Sony’s Music Unlimited did little to stand out from the crowded music streaming market.

Spotify is the biggest of the bunch with about 15 million paid subscribers, and another 45 million free users. It will feed to Sony’s PlayStation consoles, and be available on Xperia devices. The service will be renamed PlayStation Music. Oddly, Spotify itself is not available in Japan, and Sony has not yet announced what will provide the content for its home market.

This is not the first paring down and consolidation for the streaming music industry, AT&T’s Cricket had a service called Muve which was acquired by France’s Deezer. Deezer is currently not available in the US, and Muve will go dark on February 7th.

Sony arguably made a good move all things considered, and Music Unlimited’s chief, Michael Aragon said in 2012, “It’s going to be a brutal business and there’s probably going to be some consolidation. We all have the same content, we all have the same deals.”

It is not known how big a boost it will give Spotify, the company’s CEO Daniel Elk says it looks like there is quite a bit of overlap between Spotify customers and a large portion of the 64 million PlayStation and other Sony users.

source: The Wall Street Journal



1. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I'm happy for this change. Now I can listen to music on my PS4 without a $10 subscription.

2. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I just started using spotify and it's amazing so far.

3. Evan_C

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Sony had a music service? Barely finding this out...oh well, Spotify is my go to service anyways lol

4. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

No big deal for me, because Music Unlimited is not available for my country. But this is really a good change, they should really get rid of those useless things like Sony Select and Video Unlimited ASAP or just combine them in one app.

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Noooh I guess I'll switch to Spotify then XD

6. mixedfish

Posts: 1563; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Bad news for Asian music listeners, Music Unlimited had the best selection for those genres.

7. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

All Access FTW.

8. megaLK

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 29, 2013

Sony just changed the provider Omnifone to Spotify :D

9. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Nothing last forever. Good move rather than keep a division that will give sony headache.

10. romeo1

Posts: 823; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

I liked the music unlimited when i tried it for a month. Better than spotify imo. But never wanted to pay for it as i get sportify premium for free with my tv,phone and internet for home subscription. But its better for their mobile products at least as its integrated with their walkman app(at peast it looks like it now) and you cant remove it. They should remove sony select and vine also.

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