Sony Launches An iTunes Competitor In The U.S.
February 17, 2011 at 4:00 AM (PT)
SONY has launched the latest iTUNES competitor in the UNITED STATES. ALL ACCESS tipped you in JANUARY (NET NEWS 1/24) that "MUSIC UNLIMITED POWERED BY QRIOCITY," was unveiled last SEPTEMBER in the U.K. Now, SONY and three other record labels have introduced the streaming music service in the U.S., AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND.
BLOOMBERG NEWS reports SONY aims to introduce the service, which offers basic membership for $3.99 a month, in at least nine more countries before the end of the year. "MUSIC UNLIMITED, which has more than six million songs, lets SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT and partners UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP, EMI MUSIC and WARNER MUSIC GROUP sell directly to customers, giving them increased control over revenue as the industry battles piracy and declining CD sales."
The new service is looking to take a chunk of iTUNES' business. APPLE's retail site is the largest music retailer in the U.S., ahead of WAL-MART and AMAZON.COM.
MUSIC UNLIMITED POWERED BY QRIOCITY will be available on SONY PLAYSTATION 3, Blu-Ray Disc player, BRAVIA TVs, personal computers and will be on smartphones using GOOGLE's ANDROID operating system.