Sony's Music Unlimited streaming service is to launch in four new European markets. Formerly called Qriocity, the cloud-based service underwent a name change last year, following the launch of Sony's unified online music, video and games offering, Sony Entertainment Network.
Effective immediately, Music Unlimited will launch in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The service, which boasts a catalog of over 12 million licensed songs, including repertoire from all the majors and leading independents, is already available in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and Spain, although the size of catalog available varies in each market.
"In less than a year, Music Unlimited has rolled out to 13 countries and is accessible on hundreds of millions of living room and mobile devices," said Tim Schaaff, President of Sony Network Entertainment, in a statement announcing the Nordic expansion.
"Consumers are finding that Music Unlimited is convenient and easy to use, allowing them to listen to their music anytime, anywhere. In the coming year, we will build on this momentum and bring the service to new devices and more consumers around the globe," Schaaff went on to say.
First debuting in the U.K. and Ireland in December 2010 (when it carried the unwieldy title of Music Unlimited Powered by Qriocity), Music Unlimited operates as a cloud-based subscription service, accessible through PCs, Android phone sets and Sony PlayStation 3 and PSP games consoles. The service also offers the option of uploading consumer's existing music library and playlists to a digital locker. A basic monthly subscription, providing access to programmed and personalized internet radio stations, costs $3.99 (£3.99 in the U.K.) with a premium subscription, allowing unlimited access, priced at $9.99 for U.S. customers and £9.99 in the U.K.