Tokyo, Japan and Cannes, France - Sony Corporation ("Sony") announces the immediate availability of "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity™," in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
"Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity™," which debuted in the U.K. and Ireland in December 2010, is a new, cloud-based, digital music service which gives music lovers access at any time to a constantly growing catalogue of millions of songs from major labels including Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI Music as well as leading independent labels and major publishers worldwide.
Users can play music any time through "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity" on a wide variety of Internet-connected Sony devices including Sony's 2010 and 2011 models of network-enabled BRAVIA® TV, Blu-ray Disc™ player, Blu-ray Disc Home Theater system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system as well as VAIO and other personal computers. All existing PlayStation 3 computer entertainment systems in these countries will have access to the service. It will also become available on a wide range of Sony's portable devices, as well as on Sony and third-party Android-based mobile devices and other portable devices.
"'Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity' will not only enhance customers' Sony devices by unifying their music experiences and content, but will further open up access, create music discovery opportunities and spawn new listening possibilities for customers," said Kazuo Hirai, President of Networked Products & Services Group, Sony Corporation. "We will continue to develop services 'powered by Qriocity,' in order to provide a greater value proposition to our customers around the world."
"'Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity' represents the next step in the digital music experience, providing consumers with a dynamic and innovative way to enjoy their music library wherever they are in the world and across a number of integrated devices," stated Rob Wells, President of Global Digital Business for Universal Music Group. "We're delighted to be partnering with them and welcome their progressive approach."
"Sony Music is pleased to be partnering with Sony Corp. to further grow the reach of our rich catalog of artists in the global digital marketplace,'" said Thomas Hesse, President, Global Digital Business, U.S. Sales and Corporate Strategy, Sony Music Entertainment. "With its support for a significant and continuously expanding platform of Sony Internet connected devices, including televisions, gaming systems, portable players and phones, 'Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity,' offers fans in multiple territories around the world an innovative and extensive new cloud based solution for accessing premium digital music in virtually any room in the home, as well as on-the-go."
"Well designed for distribution via Sony's vast footprint of connected hardware, 'Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity' is an exciting new service for consumers that provides an important new outlet for our artists," said Michael Nash, Executive Vice President, Digital Strategy and Business Development, Warner Music Group. "The service can help broaden the audience for digital music by reaching those fans primarily enjoying music through living-room technology such as TVs, Blu-ray players and PlayStation 3 consoles. 'Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity' serves as a showcase for the innovative integration of content offerings with hardware platforms."
"'Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity' offers our artists a powerful new platform to reach their fans across multiple devices," said Mark Piibe, Executive Vice President, Global Business Development, EMI Music. "As the service expands its reach internationally, more and more consumers now have the opportunity to enjoy their favorite tracks and discover new music from our great artists."