Sony's PlayStation Network Links With Spotify for Music Service

PlayStation 4: The Smackdown

While Microsoft was trying to win back skeptical gamers, Sony played to the crowd in its Gamescom presentation, which included several reveals about the new PlayStation 4, including its launch date (Nov. 14). Sony worldwide president Andrew House couldn't resist taking a few shots at the Microsoft, noting some companies “have shifted their message and changed their story.”

Video and music services from Sony Entertainment Network will also be rebranded into the PlayStation Network.

Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI) and Spotify are partnering on a PlayStation Music global service that will be launched this spring, available on Sony's game consoles, as well as Xperia smartphones and tablets.  

The platform will offer more than 30 million songs to the 64 million users of the PlayStation Network (PSN) in 41 countries. The plans for the service in Japan have yet to be finalized.

"This partnership represents the best in music and the best in gaming coming together,” said Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEI). "We’re thrilled to make Spotify the foundation of our strategy with PlayStation Music.”

Sony identified music streaming as a source of growth at its investor days in November.

PSN users will be able to link their accounts with Spotify and use them to subscribe to its premium service.

“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,” said Daniel Ek, Spotify CEO and founder, referring to the function that will allow users to choose music for their gaming sessions.

SNEI and SCEI also announced that the Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited services will be brought under the PSN umbrella and rebranded as PS Video and PS Music, part of an attempt to create a unified entertainment brand around PlayStation consoles.

“We are very excited to offer our wide array of network services including games, TV, videos and music, under the PlayStation brand,” House said.

Sony has been working for years to create better synergies between its wide-ranging businesses as it struggles to return to consistent profitability. The entertainment to electronics conglomerate Tuesday announced another round of job cuts; this time 1,000 positions at its mobile phone operations in Asia and Europe.

Sony will release provisional third-quarter results on Feb. 3 after the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment prevented it from delivering its final figures on time.

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