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Sony Announces Music Unlimited iTunes Rival

We all wondered when this would happen...

Sony has just unveiled a cloud-based music service called Music Unlimited. It provides a single - unlimited - online store for all your music that you can then access using your PC, a TV, or PS3. To make it into a fully-fledged iTunes rival, you will also be able to buy tracks through any of these interfaces. So, you can buy a song while browsing on your laptop then instantly play it back in your living room through your TV.

The service uses the Qriocity (pronounced curiosity) platform that is used throughout Sony's product range on devices like the PS3, its Bravia TVs, and its Vaio laptops. Thus the interface will, to a greater or lesser extent, be consistant across all platforms. Qriocity is already being used with live video streaming services avilable to US customers.

Of course, none of the individual components of this are entirely new but with Sony's vast range of products and its huge music production arm, it's well poised to make a serious impact on the market place. That is if it gets the pricing right, an issuethe company has often slipped up on. Unfortunately pricing won't be revealed until much closer to launch, which will be sometime towards the end of the year.

Kaurisol

September 2, 2010, 3:34 pm

@Edward Chester - "The service uses the Qriocity ... platform".





So this is restricted to Sony platforms only? At least with Itunes you can use a Windows PC and are not restricted to Macs...

lifethroughalens

September 2, 2010, 9:34 pm

This looks doomed. I can't even pronounce the name!

Geoff Richards

September 2, 2010, 9:41 pm

"Qriocity (pronounced curiosity)" :D

Don Kanonjii

September 2, 2010, 10:10 pm

3 main factors will determin its fate.





1)DRM - itunes sucks because of it


2)Cost - i tunes sucks because it is expensive comapred to play.com or amazon and its in a rubbish format in rubbish quality


3)Content - itunes isnt too bad.


4)Ease of Use - again for a company that has iOS4 under its belt which is very easy to use, itunes is so unintuative and restrictive it hurts just thinking about it.





ok so that 4

Moche

September 3, 2010, 10:35 am

Guys - Appreciate you are probably all swamped at IFA, but where's the coverage of the fact that Spotify will be on Sonos by the end of the month! I'm finding increasingly that other sites are getting out there with news a fair bit quicker.

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