Sony Bags Music Unlimited In Favor of Spotify
Sony today said it will replace its Music Unlimited service on Xperia phones and tablets, and the PlayStations 3 and 4 gaming consoles with Spotify. Sony said Music Unlimited will go offline March 29 in all 19 countries in which it is currently offered, including the U.S. Like many services, Sony's Music Unlimited offered streaming music to smartphone, tablet, and console owners for a monthly fee. Sony says with Spotify its customers will have access to 30 million songs and 1.5 billion playlists. Spotify on Sony devices will launch in 41 countries, including the U.S., at the end of March.
HTC Offering 3 Months of Amazon Music Unlimited to U11 Buyers
HTC today said anyone who buys the U11 smartphone between now and the end of September will be rewarded with three months of Amazon Music Unlimited for free. The service provides access to Amazon's library of millions of songs, which can be streamed to the U11.
Spotify's Android App Gains 'Running' Playlist
Spotify today updated its Android app with the Running playlist feature available to the iOS app since May. Spotify Running places an emphasis on discovering the songs that match tempo to the runner's pace.
Spotify and Facebook Create Playlist Mashup In Messenger
Spotify and Facebook have rolled out a new tool they believe will make listening to music more social. The tool, called Group Playlists for Messenger, lets people create and build Spotify playlists together within Messenger.
In Boon to Cricket Customers, Google Home Gains Deezer Music Streaming Service
Deezer this week said its music streaming service will soon be available for streaming on the Google Home smart speaker. Deezer competes with Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple Music, and Amazon Music Unlimited.
Microsoft Pauses Groove Music, Spins New Tune with Spotify
Microsoft today announced changes to its music offering for Windows devices that will see it transition from its own Groove Music service to Spotify. According to Microsoft, the Groove Music media player application will continue to work for playing back owned music on Windows devices, but it will no longer offer the option to stream, purchase, or download music after December 31.