Sony's Music Unlimited service is closing in March, but Spotify is coming to replace it in most places.
Great news, being able to listen to my own playlists without taking hard drive space is amazing. I only wish PS+ subscribers would get upgraded to premium Spotify members when using it on a Playstation device
That would be an INSANE deal. I wonder how that could happen though. Spotify is like $3 a month or something right?
@subtenko Not sure how it will work on PS devices, but on my phone it's free with some commercials.
Wi-fi access is free and when you play a playlist, the order is random. If you pay for the service, you get offline listening and you can control your playlist however you want. Last time I used the service it was like this. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong :)
If it's anything like the mobile app then IT WILL take HDD space, lots of it in permanent cache form. Let's hope unlike in iOS it give us an option to clear that up.
@donthate Music Unlimited was a partnership through a third party. It wasn't really Sony's, merely a branded partnership which has come to an end. Therefore Sony has announced a new partnership with a different company, Spotify.
Oh my, now the PS4 is the only next gen console that can stream music freely while gaming?! ZING!!
I think this may make people buy the subscription for Spotify. That's why Sony and Spotify are partnering up for this.
Im using sporify now for free on PC about 2 years.. and half a year it is free on Phone.. all music! it only alows 5 track skips from your playlists in a hour.. if you wonder.. aslo commercials are every hour.. thats why its 100% free and will work with PS4 if it will be supported, since I live in Europe (baltic states, Latvia) Im have no support from sony, I cant buy games with my credit card, and no support from all PS4 features, only games and online.. I had to register fake country then use PSN money card to get PS+...
My main issue with Spotify is when you go to look for a song, and all you find are a crap-ton of covers. Annoys the hell out of me haha.
This is massive news holy hell. My Spotify playlists + Driveclub = HNNNNNNNNG
Yes! Driveclub needs this badly.
or imagine this sync gamemusic playlist into spotify account. AWESOME
Yeah this is great.Definitely an upgrade from Music Unlimited; however, I hope they don't view this collaboration as an excuse to slack on adding more media capabilities to the system. Seeing at least local MP3 and video support would be nice. It's really weird turning on my PS3 and it barely feels last gen considering how many more features it boasts over the X1 and PS4 still. That's your current best bet for a media center tbh.
"making it easy to sign-up with your existing ID and subscribe to Spotify’s Premium service." so no free option? Only the premium Spotify? This is why I'd still rather just have custom MP3 support. Tired of paying for things I can do for free.
You pay your mp3 music... right?
Get a USB drive and then you can play your MP3's from it...
Spotify is MUCH, MUCH cheaper than buying mp3s. If you actually listen to music often I don't see why you wouldn't have a subscription. Plus you can add the mp3s you already have into playlists on it that can be played from any device.
In the comments the admin said you don't need premium and that they will still continue with the ad supported spotify like normal
In the blog comments they state that it will support the free ad version as well
@King You are assuming everyone is paying for their MP3s. For people still buying CD's they are ripping them to MP3. There is a fair share of people getting music via digital such as iTunes and ripping DRM if it exists out. Lastly there is the group who torrents everything (we all know they exist and may even be using this site right now). Spotify has its benefits and in this case versus Music Unlimited it (1) frees up Sony from having to manage one more service and (2) opens up to a much larger music library than just Sony BMG's. This is a good move for Sony and Music Unlimited users (yes no more Music Unlimited, but Spotify is a MUCH more robust service with a bigger selection and Sony is giving an easy way to convert existing accounts over to Spotify).
@MegaSackman - I buy CDs and download mixtapes bro. Yes, those still exist. But i see the comment now. so cool that the free version is there.
@bub the admin on the site also said the 10% discount code could be used for preoders, so they don't always know. This is a good surprise though (especially if the free version is included), still we should be able put our own music on the system without a flash drive..
This is fantastic news! I've been a Spotify subscriber for 2 years and I LOVE the service. About 85% (just a rough estimate) of my favorite music happens to be on the service, so I rarely have to get my music elsewhere. Can't wait to have it on my playstation!
YEEEEEESSSS!!! I've been wanting this forever! Now, we just need Google Music. Very smart to drop Music Unlimited and partner with Spotify.
Indeed I have a spotify premium subscription and love it. Never fancied Sonys purely because spotify was cheaper and had a bigger catalogue not to mention it had a better app and was on more devices. The sucky thing about PS4 though was always you could only use Music Unlimited and now its spotify.. Its made my day :).
I was able to get Music Unlimited for $50ish for a year and I recently got Spotify and it's essentially $120 a year (they offer no deals on bulk subscriptions for some reason). Pretty crappy but I guess that's just Canada. In the US you can apparently get a student discount that brings the price down to around the same as Music Unlimited. That's probably the only time it would be worth it for me.
What's funny is right after the PS4 launched, I complained that Music Unlimited sucked and we needed Spotify, Pandora, and Google Music on the PS4. I lost three bubbles for that comment. Haha.
What about some PS4 updates? It's been way to long since the last one. And we need more apps like this.
It's only been a month or two which is actually not that long when you consider the holiday vacations the software team probably got and it takes a while for software to be developed and tested before release, but yes we need more apps on PS4. Personally I want the CWTV app Xbox has.
Music Unlimited was part of the firmware I believe so an update will be required for this change. Who knows what else will come with it.
It's not free so don't get your hopes up. You still need to purchase a subscription while it's free to use with ads on other devices...
Maybe they will bump in the free version to avoid people who cant read about ads and them complaining "Spotfiy on PS4 is stupid, there are ads in my Game WTF?!" For people that are aware of the free version that may come out later, they will know.
Nope the free ad version will be available according to Fred Dutton on Europe PlayStation Blog, he said it in a reply in the comments if you want to look: http://blog.eu.playstation....
@GreenUp Posted before fact checking, thats a journalist's job not yours.
I did fact check. Right off the official Playstation blog. It says it right there, clear as day. "PlayStation Network users will enjoy the convenience of linking your accounts to Spotify, making it easy to sign-up with your existing ID and subscribe to Spotify’s Premium service." "Prior to the launch of Spotify on PlayStation Music" http://blog.us.playstation.... Sony must have seen some complaints and decided to add the free ad supported version just now. No where did it mention the free version in the first statement in their original post.
HELL YEAAAH BABY FINALYYYY
Being a spotify subscriber already this is great news.
Do you need to subscribe/pay for Spotify on the PS4 or is it a free service like Pandora on Xbox One? I didn't realize Sony was blocking access to Pandora on the PS4. If memory serves me correctly I was able to access Pandora on the PS3's web browser before.
"We are deeply, deeply sorry to say that due to licensing constraints, we can no longer allow access to Pandora for listeners located outside of the U.S., Australia and New Zealand." Copy/pasted right out of their main page. It seems to be region locked nowadays.
No Canada support? :/
Love this, especially since it's $5 a month for students! I really liked sony's music unlimited when I had it on the Playstation plus deal, I think it was $20 for a whole year. I was sad when it expired, but I didn't ever want to pay full price for it.
That was my feeling on it.. It was never an easy way to get to the tunes you wanted. Its not about just providing the music it's about also providing the way to access it and Sony was poor.
I did hear somewhere there would be a free version available, with ad support.
Spotify already provide this you can be a member and basically every few songs you get an audio ad.
I wonder if they're still going to bring TuneIn radio to the PS4? I thought awhile ago they said it was coming to PS4 as well. It's on PS3 and PSVita
Is thus good or Bad? What is the difference between the 2?
Main differences being the available library of songs and the user interface is much better with spotify.
I never use spotify, nor i intend to. But yeah. im happy for the people who will get this on PS4 and who use this regularely.
Been saying this for months!!
Sony is really putting it together man!!
Play my games and listen to music on my ps4, great! I tried this with my xbox and pandora but I have to keep the app snapped at the moment to listen while playing.. :-/
your tv must be 20" i do this daily. even before the pandora app came out i would snap ie and put it on pandora while i play. no problems at all. of course i have 55" to play around with but even on my 40" it wasn't that bad.
lol It still takes up an unnecessary portion of the screen.
47" but no matter what size screen it is I shouldn't have to "snap" a 1/5 of it away so I can listen to music in the background and in this case take my full 47" screen down to low thirties to accomodate for the snap and downscale of the game. I am sure they will fix this but it really is an oversight at the moment..
@twiggy and rashada you guys tell me you never snap friends, dvr, party chat, twitch,achievements(even though you don't have to on any of these apps)? On the previous console a blade came up and took over the whole screen. Or i had to quit my game to visit my apps or go to the home screen. Snap has become a big part of my multimedia experience that includes gaming. If you dont like it don't use it or get a ps4 if you don't have one already and play it more. Options friends. We have them. I personally don't want snap to go anywhere. I thoroughly enjoy it
@ t-hall785 No, you're right, I don't snap anything else- I personally don't care for the snap feature; but I am glad you enjoy it! And yes I also have a PS4 and I do play it more but I wasn't meaning for this to be an attack on Xbox- which you unfortunately took it as. Don't take things so personally..
@rashada. i didn't take that as an attack on xbox. i took it as you dismissing a feature that many love to use. I'm not taking it personal, just giving my 2 cents on the matter. I hope you're not takin things personal either.
Huge huge Music Unlimited fan...I didn't know it was closing in March but at least this is coming along right after it. I'll be there!
Spotify on PS4 = great!
Wow what a nice suprise....i read a while back that spotify had no intention of ever putting their service on consoles.. So this makes me happy as i love spotify and love ps4. match made in heaven fro me
"We only want games, not some media box." " I have other devices for that"
Well this adds to the gaming experience, no? You could listen to your playlist while playing your games now. A lot of people prefer Spotify over other similar apps.