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Sony, Spotify to Enable Music on PlayStation Network

Service launches this spring in 41 markets

Sony Network Entertainment International LLC and Spotify are working together to deliver digital music to Sony’s PlayStation Network and its users.

Through this partnership, SNEI will debut a new music destination this spring called PlayStation Music, with Spotify as the exclusive partner. Spotify on PlayStation Music will roll out in 41 markets, initially for PlayStation consoles and Xperia smartphones and tablets.

“Music is a core component of the entertainment offering that consumers expect from Sony, and our goal with PlayStation Music is to provide the most compelling music experiences to the millions of PlayStation Network users around the world,” says Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and group executive in charge of the Network Entertainment Business.

PlayStation Network and Spotify’s digital music service will be integrated, offering what the companies say are “unique and exclusive” user benefits. PlayStation Network users can link their accounts with Spotify, that way, they can subscribe to Spotify’s Premium service through the PlayStation Network wallet.

Spotify on PlayStation Music will offer 30+ million songs and 1.5 billion playlists on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 systems, as well as Xperia smartphones and tablets. Users will be able to create a music collection and listen to playlists (including existing playlists from current Spotify users as well as Spotify curated playlists) and listen on all Spotify-supported devices. Additionally, PS4 owners will be able to use Spotify while gaming.

SNEI’s current Music Unlimited service will close in all 19 countries on March 29. Nearly all of these countries will be among the 41 markets where PlayStation Music featuring Spotify will be available at launch. From Feb. 28, Music Unlimited users with active subscriptions will receive free access to Music Unlimited through March 29, and will be offered an introductory Spotify Premium trial.

“We are incredibly honored to partner with Sony and PlayStation to give gamers around the world an amazing experience wherever they listen to music,” said Daniel Ek, CEO and founder of Spotify. “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.”