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Sony Teams with Spotify on Music Streaming ; Service Will Replace Music Unlimited on Its PlayStation Network

Newspaper article International New York Times

Sony Teams with Spotify on Music Streaming ; Service Will Replace Music Unlimited on Its PlayStation Network

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Sony announced that Spotify would effectively replace Music Unlimited as the music streaming outlet for its PlayStation Network.

For almost five years now, Sony has maintained a presence in the developing world of streaming music, first under the unwieldy name Qriocity (pronounced "curiosity") and then as the more straightforward Music Unlimited.

Soon, Sony's music streaming endeavors will take on a much more familiar name: Spotify.

On Wednesday, the two companies announced that this spring Spotify would effectively replace Music Unlimited as the music streaming outlet for Sony's PlayStation Network, the gaming, entertainment and media platform that is available through Sony devices. The deal covers 41 countries across North and South America, Asia and Europe. Its status in Japan -- where Music Unlimited is one of the few global music streaming services available -- "is not yet determined," according to the announcement.

Music Unlimited, which has been available in 19 countries, will close on March 29, and its users will be offered trial access to Spotify's premium version, which normally costs $10 a month. …

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