In news that will be music to many PlayStation owner’s ears, Spotify is launching on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 today via Sony’s new music app ‘PlayStation Music’.
The app should already be on your device too as it auto-downloads to your dashboard. The app is a partnership with Spotify to bring it to your console or smartphone as a replacement for PlayStation’s previous streaming service ‘Music Unlimited’. The handy thing around PlayStation Music is, you won’t need either a PlayStation Plus or Spotify Premium subscription to use it, you’ll be able to access Spotify’s catalogue for free but you’ll have ads and lower quality song playback (just as normal). If you’ve already got Spotify Premium, you’re good to go with high quality streaming and no ads. With more than 30 million songs and 1.5bn playlists, you won’t be stuck for something to go with your gaming.
You’ll be able to listen to songs in the background while you play plus you’ll be able to control everything using Spotify Connect which is built into the Spotify app on Desktop, Android and iOS. This means, you’ll be able to control your music, playlists and more on your PlayStation device through your own devices. Via a long press of the PS button, you’ll be able to quickly change track and volume. Spotify connect also means if you have some decent speakers hooked up to your TV, you now have a wireless audio streaming player to rival any Sonos or bluetooth speaker.
PlayStation have said that the service will allow you to link your account to your PSN ID. If you’re not a Spotify Premium subscriber, PlayStation have some offers if you want to try it out. If you’ve previously used Music Unlimited and have an active subscription as of 29/03/2015, you’ll get a two months free Spotify Premium trial. If you’ve never tried Spotify premium before (new or existing users), you can also get a free one month trial of the service.
Unfortunately, new subscriptions to Music Unlimited, Sony’s previous music streaming services won’t be available from now on. This means this service will slowly be going away. To get PlayStation Music, you might have to restart your device. As of this moment, there isn’t any news on whether this will be coming to the PlayStation Vita or PlayStation TV but we will keep you updated.
Source: PlayStation Blog