Sony Network Entertainment International enters global partnership with Spotify
Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (SNEI) and Spotify have entered a global partnership which will see Spotify deliver digital music services to the PlayStation Network and its 64 million active users.
Through this partnership, SNEI will launch a new music destination in Spring 2015 called PlayStation Music, with Spotify as the exclusive partner.
Spotify on PlayStation Music will roll out in 41 markets initially, for PlayStation consoles and Xperia smartphones and tablets.
SNEI’s current Music Unlimited service will close in all 19 countries on March 29, 2015. Nearly all of these countries will be among the 41 markets where PlayStation Music featuring Spotify will be available at launch.
From February 28, 2015, Music Unlimited users with active subscriptions will receive free access to Music Unlimited through March 29, 2015, and will be offered an introductory Spotify Premium trial.
Users will be able to create a music collection and listen to playlists, including existing playlists from current Spotify users as well as Spotify curated playlists.
Additionally, PS4 owners will be able to use Spotify while playing games, enabling them to soundtrack their gaming sessions with their favorite songs playing in the background.
Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., said: “Music is a core component of the entertainment offering that consumers expect from Sony, and our goal with PlayStation Music is to provide the most compelling music experiences to the millions of PlayStation Network users around the world.
“This partnership represents the best in music and the best in gaming coming together, which will benefit the vibrant and passionate communities of both Spotify and PlayStation Network. We’re thrilled to make Spotify the foundation of our strategy with PlayStation Music.”
Added Daniel Ek, CEO and founder, Spotify: “We are incredibly honoured to partner with Sony and PlayStation to give gamers around the world an amazing experience wherever they listen to music,. As a gamer and PlayStation 4 user myself, I’m super excited to be able to soundtrack my FIFA 15 Arsenal matches later this spring.”
source music week