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  • Sony Taking on iTunes with New Streaming Music Service



    On Wednesday, Sony fired a warning shot across the bow of iTunes. The tech giant is launching a new subscription-based streaming music service - first teased last September - that takes direct aim at iTunes' dominance in the world of digital music and entertainment. But according to Sony, don't expect a blatant iTunes' knock-off. Sony has something different planned. And it's pretty obvious what that is.

    "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity" differs from iTunes primarily in that content is streamed directly to its users. There's no downloading or purchasing of songs or albums involved. Given the nature of the technology, the service won't initially be available on mobile devices like the iPhone. At present, however, the service as a whole isn't even available in the US or Canada. North America will largely be shut out until some time next year, right along with Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and New Zealand. For the time being, only folks in the U.K. and Ireland can enjoy the new offering from Sony beginning today.

    ...a subscription gives users access to a catalog of about 6 million songs, which can be streamed across Sony's Internet-connected devices like the PlayStation 3, personal computers and Bravia TVs. The service can be synchronized with a user's existing music files, including iTunes.
    Kazuo Hirai, Sony's executive vice president and head of the company's Networked Products and Services division, says the launch of the new service will initially serve to enhance the attractiveness of Sony-branded products, but eventually the cloud-based digital music platform will be able to "stand on its own."

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sony Taking on iTunes with New Streaming Music Service started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 19 Comments
    1. chuckytorn's Avatar
      chuckytorn -
      Can't wait to get that to Canada
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Why would i want to stream songs when i can just have them on my hard drive? How do expect me to listen to music when i don't have a strong wifi connection?
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      Take on netflix and stream better movies... iTunes is established in the music industry...
    1. billmilo's Avatar
      billmilo -
      it's going to fail. Nobody is buying sony mp3 players,
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      This is great...

      If you never listen to music in the car. Sony streaming music = Fancy-Pandora.
    1. MindGem's Avatar
      MindGem -
      F*ck Sony, never liked them.
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      This will be a bust just like playstation move. iTunes is now the standard when it comes to music, why Sony is bent on fighting loosing battles is beyond me.
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Nickaroni we need options and I think the ps3 is an amazing device.
    1. Mobiman's Avatar
      Mobiman -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nickaroni22 View Post
      This will be a bust just like playstation move. iTunes is now the standard when it comes to music, why Sony is bent on fighting loosing battles is beyond me.
      I guess everyone wants a piece of the pie.
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Oh look, Sony is resurrecting Connect. Good luck with that.
    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      A little late to start a online music store, eh?
    1. lvazn93's Avatar
      lvazn93 -
      i saw this at the sony style store, its pretty neat and fast
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Wasn't apple supposed to offer unlimited songs/monthly subscriptions? This is something I would use although the streaming part does not interest me.
    1. phluid13's Avatar
      phluid13 -
      Oh great. Another subscription service.
    1. xToMToM96's Avatar
      xToMToM96 -
      I have this on my ps3 and bravia tv and its pointless, the ps3 already has vidzone which is free and does exactly the same thing


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    1. Kakalman's Avatar
      Kakalman -
      I'm curious to know how it differs from grooveshark.
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Why would i want to stream songs when i can just have them on my hard drive? How do expect me to listen to music when i don't have a strong wifi connection?
      I agree. Most of us don't have unlimited
      WiFi available wherever we go.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Streaming songs=lame. Not to mention pretty much everyone has an iPod which they use with iTunes!
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nickaroni22 View Post
      This will be a bust just like playstation move. iTunes is now the standard when it comes to music, why Sony is bent on fighting loosing battles is beyond me.
      Exactly. I know competition is good but iTunes is so far ahead theres no reason to try