Spotify App launched For PS4 and PS3, Exclusive To Sony's PlayStation Consoles

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A person plays a video game at a Sony PlayStation in the Sony's flagship store in Berlin, April 27, 2011. Reuters/Thomas Peter

Popular music streaming service Spotify has made a major platform jump onto the consoles. The service is now available in the form of an app for Sony's PlayStation family of consoles. The news comes as a coup for Sony, because the much sought after service will not be available on rival Microsoft Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U consoles. The app was rolled out on Sony's PS4 and PS3 consoles on March 30, and it is available in 41 territories across the world.

The PlayStation version of the service boasts of more than 30 million songs and 1.5 billion playlists. PlayStation Lifestyle points out that the Spotify will allow PlayStation owners to add customised soundtracks featuring their favourite songs to any games in their library. The service comes with a $10 monthly subscription fee, which gives access to the Spotify Connect feature. This allows gamers to use their Android/iOS phones to skip songs, adjust volume and select playlists among other features.

PSN users who haven't availed of Spotify trials in the past can receive the one month trial for the service by registering and linking a new account. On the other hand, Music Unlimited subscribers who had active accounts as of March 29 will receive two months of free access to Spotify. The service already claims an impressive volume of subscribers, with a whopping 60 million active members, 15 million of which are paying subscribers.

"This is just the beginning of Spotify on PlayStation Music, which will continue to evolve," said Eric Lempel, the Vice President of Sony Entertainment Network. "We are working with the team at Spotify to bring new and exciting features exclusively to our platforms."

The music app is the replacement to Sony's own Music Unlimited app, which was recently discontinued. The exclusivity deal is a major coup for Sony, but it isn't surprising because the company owns one of the major record labels contributing to a significant chunk of Spotify's library.

Eurogamer reached Murray Pannell, UK marketing director for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, with questions regarding the exclusivity deal. Although he didn't reveal the duration of the exclusivity deal, he revealed that the app will be restricted to Sony's consoles for the foreseeable future.

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