Sony has very very quietly launched its Music Unlimited app in the Android Market. The app allows you to access Sony’s Qriocity-powered music streaming service (perhaps best thought of as Sony’s answer to Spotify) on your Android device.
Though the app itself is free, you’ll need to have a Music Unlimited subscription in order to access the library of some 7 million songs.
Music Unlimited subscriptions come in two flavours, Basic and Premium. Basic costs £3.99 a month and allows you to listen to personalised ‘radio channels’ of music, in a similar way to how Last.fm works. Premium costs £9.99 a month and gives you full on-demand access to the catalogue a la Spotify.
Premium customers can also access playlists they’ve created on the Music Unlimited desktop app on their Android phones, like this writer’s awesome playlist seen in the pic above.
Both Basic and Premium punters can also upload their own music to the My Library section of Music Unlimited. This allows you to manage your own tunes in the cloud and access them on your Android phone on the go. Like what Google Music offers, only it’s available here in the UK now.
We think that it’s pretty cool that Sony has beaten Google and Amazon to the punch in bringing a cloud locker service to Android phones in the UK. We’re a bit puzzled as to why they’ve not made more of a song and dance about it (no pun intended).
Right now you can sign up for a free 30 day trial of Music Unlimited Premium by going here. You’ll need to have some credit card details to hand to sign up, but you won’t be charged anything for the first 30 days.
We’ve installed it on a Nexus One and LG Optimus 2X, so it looks as though Music Unlimited will be coming to all Android phones and not just Sony Ericsson’s Xperia range. The About This App section on the Android Market page says that it should work on all phones running on Android 2.1 to 2.3.3 – so most Android phones then.
The Music Unlimited app is 32MB in size, so make sure you’ve got plenty of room for it or you can install it to your SD card.
More hands-on shots of the app in action coming soon – stay tuned.
Via: Music Ally