Most of Bravia TVs and Home Theater users are familiar with a little Qriocity icon on their TVs that brings video on demand service straight to your living room and today Sony has announced Music Unlimited joining Qriocity which has more than 6 million songs ready to be streamed to the eager ears. We have previewed the service at CES on a Bravia as well as on a VAIO PC and its streaming service looked very smooth, polished by a well done GUI. PlayStation users in the UK and Ireland were the first ones to have been playing with this service already and as far as US PlayStation population – expect to see Qriocity icon appear on your XMB menu soon as well. Sony also announced that this service will be coming to Android OS as well, however iOS was mentioned, time will show when it will be available on your iPads and other iDevices due to the new regulation that Apple announced earlier enforcing a rule in the terms of service for its App Store that requires subscriptions and content to be sold through an application at the same price or less than elsewhere online. Check out this interview with Sony Network Entertainment head Tim Schaaf brought to you by All Things Digital:
Subscription based streaming service is going to be $3.99 for basic streaming and $9.99 for premium allowing you to compile your own playlists and anytime access to its huge music library.
This is definitely not the only service that’s out there and we are sure most of your are familiar with Rhapsody and MOG as well as Slacker and Pandora streaming (that also appear to be a part of Sony Bravia Internet family), so how will this service take off and whether or not it will migrate to any Sony portable devices like Walkman. Your PSP is going to be the only portable device to enjoy this service at the moment, hopefully with new NGP and other Sony tablets that are still in the works we will see its vast adoption. On another note, we are positive that Sony learned a lesson or two from its unsuccessful launch of Connect as well.