Sony Announces Cloud-Based Digital Music Service 'Music Unlimited'

Following reports from Financial Times regarding an upcoming entertainment streaming service coming to the PlayStation 3, Sony has announced a new program for multiple devices that would stream new digital content to subscribers.

Specifically revealed for European customers at the IFA 2010 consumer electronics conference in Berlin, with the possibility of expansion to other markets in the future, the service "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity" will be available by year's end. The subsciption-based service is a "cloud-based digital music service" giving users access to "millions of music tracks," according to the PlayStation Europe Blog.

The service will be available for PlayStation 3 and PSP devices, along with compatible Bravia televisions, Blu-ray players, VAIO computers and Blu-ray home theater systems. The application allows users to access their subscription using "one single account" with no need to "manage digital files."

Also announced was a new video on demand service, coming this fall to customers in the U.K., France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. Although PlayStation 3 users already have their own version of "Video on Demand" via the PlayStation Video Store, the newly announced service will add the functionality to other devices under the Sony umbrella.

Further information is expected in the coming weeks.