Okay, this might get a little confusing.

Earlier in the year, the PlayStation Network became part of Sony Network Entertainment, and that included Qriocity and music on-demand services. Now, we've got another change.

As of today, all aforementioned categories are part of the Sony Entertainment Network. Significantly, due to this rebranding, Sony will discontinue the Qriocity name; the service will now be called Music Unlimited. The Video on Demand part of Qriocity has been simplified to Video Unlimited. Unsurprisingly, such services will continue to be found on the PlayStation 3.

By the way, all the SEN services (PSN, Music/Video Unlimited) use the same account information and the same virtual wallet. Just remember that this doesn't include other services like Hulu Plus and MLB.tv.

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LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

I've been trying out the Music Unlimited service since July. They had a 180day trial period so I figured why not. It's a pretty cool service for those that don't have a large music collection. I do so I doubt I keep it but who knows.

Reccaman18
Reccaman18
9 years ago

I think it makes more sense that way. Everything working together makes our lives easier.

SmokeyPSD
SmokeyPSD
9 years ago

I thought this was already the case… Or was that only under SCEE.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

I don't think it's all that overly confusing. Change can be good sometimes. ūüôā

With my big music library and my big blu-ray and DVD collection, I don't really get into streaming services like this, but music unlimited and video unlimited sound like a step towards the future, where movies, tv shows and music can be ordered and streamed online with no DVD's or CD's on people's shelves anymore.

Of course, to achieve this nearly everybody in the world needs broadband internet. It will eventually happen, so this is a great start and Sony are leading it once again!!


Last edited by Dancemachine55 on 8/31/2011 11:01:45 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Good, Qriocity just made me think of creosote.

SHADOW
SHADOW
9 years ago

Fewer phonetically moronic Qs in the Sony lineup is a very good thing (Qore, you're officially on notice.) It makes sense for Sony to do this from a business perspective, but as a user I'm a bit concerned. I think that this means that we're going to start seeing more Sony push their own music/video products harder on PlayStation. But Sony's music and video services are considerably worse than many of their competitors (IMO obviously). I would much rather see Sony work out some licensing deals with companies that are making competing services that are better. I'd be 100 times more likely to rent a movie on my PS3 if I could do it through Amazon. I'd be much more likely to get a music subscription service if Rdio or Spotify had PS3/PSP/PSV apps. This is the same reason I don't like Apple products. I want to buy a piece of hardware without gluing myself into an entire ecosystem.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Agreed. Apple's DRM protection is insane. I only purchased 1 movie through Apple, and when I discovered I couldn't play it on my TV without hooking my PC directly to it, I was not a happy customer. (And not a returning one either)

I set up a media network in my house. Any other music or movies on my PC (movies that aren't APPLE) can be streamed through my PS3 to the big screen. Why wouldn't Apple let me play MY purchased movie through my own media players?

Their loss, I guess.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Personally, my take on DRM is this.

It has such negative connotations and people really don't understand why it's important to manage digital rights anyway, that it needs to either be done away with, or done in a manner that is light years better than what has been done so far.

One thing I think that could work is to sell music, movies etc in digital form without DRM, but in a lower quality format. So music wouldn't be sold without DRM in CD quality, and movies wouldn't be in HD without DRM. But you could get acceptable quality reproductions without DRM is you choose. The high quality versions such as CD or better sound and HD video would still have DRM, but that DRM has to be something that works so very much better. The cloud based Ultraviolet DRM system with it's buy once play anywhere approach seems like a promising system for the future. For once it is a system that focuses as much on doing things for the consumer as it does for the content provider.


Last edited by TheHighlander on 9/1/2011 12:03:34 PM