Sony launches music streaming service, says they won't remove content from iTunes

Sony has officially launched it's own music streaming service called Music Unlimited, powered by Qriocity, and available now in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. Their aim is to challenge Apple's iTunes dominance by providing a service that is available across a myriad of devices such as Playstation 3, Blu-Ray players, Bravia televisions and computers. They also plan on adding an app for Google's Android operating system so they can get into the smartphone scene as well. The pricing will start at as low as $3.99 per month and they plan on rolling it out to more countries this year.

Interestingly enough they are said to also be supporting iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad operating system sometime this year as well. The only problem for them in that regard could be the new 30% cut Apple would require based on their new App Store developer guidelines and subscription service.

We also told you last week that Sony was not happy with Apple and had plans of possibly pulling all of their content from iTunes all together. Well Sony Network Entertainment COO (also involved with Music Unlimited service), Shawn Layden says otherwise.

Sony Music as I understand it has no intention of withdrawing from iTunes, they're one of our biggest partners in the digital domain. I think those words were either taken out of context or the person who spoke them was unclear on the circumstances.

So so you want Music Unlimited on your iOS device or is iTunes the better way for you to have access to music? Tell us your thoughts on Sony's new service after the break.

[ Bloomberg, Business Insider ]

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Oh Sony. You try so hard, but you always come up short. Like PS3 vs. Xbox 360. Like mp3 players vs. iPod. Like everything...

Huh? The XBox 360 is notorious for mods and hackers. The PS3 was only recently "cracked" in the last few months. I think it's a no-brainer on which system is more secure.

iTunes allows you to purchase music. This Sony app has monthly fee... So I can assume that it streams music. They are two totally different things and shouldn't be compared.

No, they should not be, and Apple probably has little grounds even under their own rules to demand a 30% cut. The interesting thing will be when Apple opens up their oft-predicted streaming service. Will Apple change those rules midstream, too?

so what exactly does this $3.99 get you a month? you can download all the music you want and you get to keep it once you un-subscribe from their service or is it more a streaming service? either way, no thanks, iTunes let me keep my music even if I decide never to use them again

Sony is like the little engine that could, they think they can, they think they can, they think they can...
They want to badly to be back in the game.

Sony sues hackers which means I'm ignoring them for a while. Though I doubt I'll make a difference..
By the way, it's funny how native English speakers often make the its/it's mistake ("it’s own music streaming service"). People learning English as a foreign language are probably taught more thoroughly to use it correctly than native speakers. ^^

What would prevent Sony (or anyone for that matter) to develope an app, but they don't release it to the app store. You go to their site, download the app, then use it to buy their services? Like Amazon having a reader app for the iphone that you get thru Amazon. Then you go to Amazon and buy books, cutting out Apple all together. If Apple insists on clamping down like it looks like they are trying to do, this may be the wave of the future. Apples' stupidity has led to the JB community and the Cydia store. This could start an entire new cottage industry. We will have JB store where you go in, they JB your phone, and then you can buy there services.

Nicely put. I'd like to add...how about buying devices that do not have an Apple logo on the back that will support these services. Sooner or later evil apple will be forced to change.