Time for a new way to listen to music on your PlayStation console.
Today, Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (SNEI) has announced a global strategic partnership with Spotify that will deliver "best-in-class digital music" to the PlayStation Network and its 64 million active users.
The partnership will allow Sony to launch a new music destination this Spring; it's called PlayStation Music and it'll roll out in 41 markets. You'll first see it on PlayStation consoles and then, like several other services, it will make its way to smartphones and tablets. Said SCEI President and Group CEO Andrew House:
"Music is a core component of the entertainment offering that consumers expect from Sony, and our goal with PlayStation Music is to provide the most compelling music experiences to the millions of PlayStation Network users around the world. This partnership represents the best in music and the best in gaming coming together, which will benefit the vibrant and passionate communities of both Spotify and PlayStation Network. We're thrilled to make Spotify the foundation of our strategy with PlayStation Music."
PSN users will be able to link their accounts to Spotify, making it easy to subscribe to Spotify's Premium service via the PlayStation Network wallet. The service will ultimately offer over 30 million songs and 1.5 billion playlists on PS4 and PS3, as well as Xperia smartphones and tablets. Users can create a music collection and listen to playlists and PS4 owners will actually be able to take advantage of Spotify while playing games.
If you're wondering, this new initiative will replace the current Music Unlimited service. The latter will close in all 19 countries on March 29, 2015 but hopefully, Spotify will arrive shortly thereafter.