Sony unveils new digital-music service

Music Unlimited offers streaming access to 'millions' of songs

Sony Electronics introduced a digital-music service called Music Unlimited during a presentation Wednesday at the IFA technology conference in Germany.

The service is part of the company's new Qriocity (pronounced "curiosity") entertainment network, which also includes video, games and e-books. It's a cloud-based music service that will allow streaming access to "millions" of songs. It initially will be available on Sony's Bravia line of TVs and Blu-ray players as well as via the PlayStation 3 game console and Vaio computers.

Sony did not provide further details about the impending service, such as price, features or availability. The only information provided is that the music service will launch "later this year." There also was no mention of access to the service from portable devices.

Rumors of the announcement began Tuesday after a Financial Times report.

Qriocity could be seen as a response to Microsoft and its Xbox 360. At the E3 conference in June, Microsoft added the ability for Zune Pass subscribers to stream their music directly through their Xbox consoles.
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