Sony are to launch their own cloud-based music service called Qriocity Music Unlimited. Tying one account across multiple Sony Bravia TVs, Blu-ray players, PS3 games consoles, Vaio PCs and more, 6 million songs will be accessible at launch.
Songs from major record labels including Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI Music and a handful of leading indie labels will put the service in direct competition with Spotify.
“As we continue to expand Qriocity globally, these services ‘powered by Qriocity’ offer a single ID log-in and wallet solution, and empower users to easily consume content including music and video across a growing number of integrated devices,” said Kazuo Hirai, president of Networked Products & Services Group, Sony Corporation.
“Seamless accessibility to content through these fresh user experiences will enrich Sony’s network service offerings and continually add value to the unique aspects of Sony’s network-enabled products.”
Basic subscription for Qriocity Music Unlimited costs £3.99 a month, with the Premium package costing £9.99. Seems Spotify still has a few aces up its sleeve in the shape of the ad-funded model and mobile options then.