Sony's 'Music Unlimited' Service Headed to iPhone and iPod Touch

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    VentureBeat reports that Sony will be bringing its "Music Unlimited" streaming service to the iPhone and iPod touch within the next three months, looking to make inroads into Apple's ecosystem that has been dominated on the music side by iTunes.
    Sony introduced its Music Unlimited service nearly a year ago and garnered some attention when a company executive suggested that Sony Music could pull its content from the iTunes Store if Music Unlimited proved successful, although another Sony executive disputed that notion soon after.


    Sony's Music Unlimited app for iOS (Source: The Verge)
    As a subscription service, Apple would take a 30% cut of a revenue from subscriptions generated through an iOS app from Sony. But Apple's scaled-back subscription rules that went into effect last year would allow Sony to still offer an app without having to share revenue with Apple as long as the app itself does not allow subscription signups and does not contain any external links to sign up for service outside of the app.

    Article Link: Sony's 'Music Unlimited' Service Headed to iPhone and iPod Touch
  2. furi0usbee macrumors 68000


    Jul 11, 2008
    I welcome competition. I don't rent my music, but it's nice to have the choice. Also drives prices down. Competition is good. Waiting for Google Music to appear.

  3. Anaemik macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2009
    Thanks Sony, but I'll be sticking with Spotify.
  4. heyitsmecarlos macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2010

    whats up with the giant CARRIER at the top left? its an iPod touch.
  5. Ivan P macrumors 68030

    Ivan P

    Jan 17, 2008
    It's called a mock-up.
  6. skellener macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2003
    So. Cal.
  7. flindet macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2011
    haha.. Nice. Yeah, it's important to remember these actions. Maybe they'll just give away everyone's credit card information at some point.
  8. dvwtwo macrumors newbie


    Nov 19, 2010
    I don't get it. All these minor also-ran music services - how many subscribers can they possibly have? Who's using them?
  9. websyndicate macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2007
    Spokane Valley,WA
    I use Spotify all the time now. If I want new music I can surf all I want legally and for 10 dollars a month I can easily afford that. 10 dollars isnt cheap for all but I see value in the service. You would really have to try Spotify to know how good the service is. I highly recommend it. i dont even use the iPod app anymore
  10. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    The "competition is good" mantra, even repeated ad infinitum, carries little to no meaning when the competition just isn't viable.

    All this sort of competition achieves is waste and redundancy.
  11. paul4339 macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    How does this stack up against Pandora and Spotify?
  12. websyndicate macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2007
    Spokane Valley,WA
    Really its 2 different services. Pandora is like radio you pick a station. Spotify/Sony music you pick any song you want
  13. Nobita macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2008
    La la land
    Don't they realise that people wants to buy and download music? Isn't that the whole point of iTunes store? Go and watch Jobs's keynote on youtube.
  14. 5aga macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2003
    Gig City
    I'll stick with Rdio, they have a pretty good collection and also I hate Sony's greedy a$$es
  15. Larrywb macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2010
    I'm happing with buying the music I really like, listening to radio in car, and listening to Pandora at home. I don't see a need for Spotify or Sony for myself.
  16. patent10021 macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2004
    Ugh..that means iTunesMatch definitely won't be coming to Japan any time soon.
  17. JesseFogarty, Jan 15, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 25, 2012

    JesseFogarty macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2012
    Toronto, ON
    I could just be my opinion but there Sony may be a little to late. Hopefully if anything Sony will at least moderately price subscription plans if they're hoping to steal any music sales from Apple's iTunes or Spotify.
  18. iEvolution macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    Yup! Also includes a two week hacking clause in the event your information gets stolen they don't need to tell you for a couple of weeks! :D
  19. malnar macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2008
    Millions. Each of the major ones (Spotify, Rdio, Mog, etc.) has millions. Not so "minor", are they?
  20. heyitsmecarlos macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2010
    thank you!
  21. stylez4o1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2009
    I'm still waiting for this app to come out. I originally started a subscription on the PS3, then I found out I could stream music from my PC as well. I got really excited when I found out it will be coming out for ios. I think it's a great service for $10 a month. No commercials, listen to any song/album you want, skip as many times as you want. They also have "channels" that are similar to radio stations.

    I should try Spotify, and see how it compares.
  22. stylez4o1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2009
  23. Doom878 macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2010
    It was supposed to have been released today but I don't see it yet. I went with MOG over Spotify since I can't download software at work and Spotify didn't have a browser based player at the time.

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