Sony partners with Spotify to launch new PlayStation Music streaming service

Sony axed its own PlayStation Music Unlimited service in favour of deal

Sony has axed its own PlayStation Music Unlimited service in favour of a deal with Spotify that will see the two companies launch a new streaming service called Playstation Music.

The service will launch this Spring in 41 countries, and Sony customers paying for Spotify will be able to access the streaming service across their PlayStation consoles, smartphones and tablets. “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,” Spotify’s chief executive Daniel Ek said.

Sony Computer Entertainment boss Andrew House added: “This partnership represents the best in music and the best in gaming coming together, which will benefit the vibrant and passionate communities of both Spotify and PlayStation Network.”

It is not clear how much a Spotify subscription through PlayStation Music will cost or whether Sony will subsidise the current monthly price of £9.99.

Spotify currently has 60 million active users, 15 million of which pay for the service. In November, the service became the subject of wide debate after Taylor Swift removed all her music from the service. The singer said she wasn’t “willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment”.