“Sony’s music service is moving into Apple’s neighborhood. Sony’s subscription-based streaming music service, Music Unlimited, will be available as an app for Apple iPhones and iPads sometime this quarter,” Daisuke Wakabayashi reports for The Wall Street Journal.
“Sony’s decision to offer the service, touted as the Japanese company’s answer to Apple’s iTunes, on iOS devices speaks to Apple’s presence in the all-important smartphone and tablet markets as well as Sony’s willingness to do whatever it takes to expand the reach of its content services,” Wakabayashi reports. “The system is two-tier with basic subscribers paying $3.99 to be able stream music from their own library or the service’s designated channels across a wide range of devices, premium subscribers pay $9.99 to stream from any of 15 million songs in the library.”
akabayashi reports, “Sony also announced a new feature on Music Unlimited, which is already available as an application for Google’s Android operating system. Since it is a streaming music service, Sony said users can now temporarily store, or cache, playlists for when the online service is not connected to the Internet.”