During E3, we mentioned that the Music Unlimited service would be available for PlayStation®4 (PS4™) at launch and today during Gamescom we revealed some great features we think you’ll love.
The new Music Unlimited streaming service features a completely redesigned user interface that was specifically enhanced for PS4. It is faster, simple to use, and enables gamers to easily discover new artists and songs from the Music Unlimited library, which includes over 22 million songs globally.
For more on today’s announcement visit the PlayStation Blog here.
Sharing a collection of favorite songs with your friends is a fun and time-honored practice dating back to the first recordable cassette tapes. Creating the perfect mix can be a challenge – Rob Gordon (John Cusack’s character) from the movie High Fidelity laments, “…like breaking up, making a great compilation is hard to do.” But Music Unlimited makes sharing that perfect compilation easy.
Today, Music Unlimited launches playlist sharing for the Music Unlimited web application. You can now share your favorite playlists through Facebook, Twitter, and email.
Sharing a playlist is quick and simple. First, select a playlist you’ve already made or create a new one.
In the playlist screen, click the check box under the playlist icon where “Like”, “Tweet” and “Copy URL” functions are shown. By selecting “Like” or “Tweet”, you can post a playlist link to your Facebook or Twitter feed. If you want to rock it old-school, select “Copy URL” and paste the link via email.
Once your friends click the playlist link you have shared, they can listen to the songs in the playlist if they are a Music Unlimited subscriber. They can also put a copy of your playlist in their own library to enjoy. Those who are not subscribed to Music Unlimited yet can view the entire playlist and listen to 30 second samples of each song.
You wanted it and now it’s officially live — offline playback and high quality audio streaming app are now available for everyone who listens to the Music Unlimited service on iPhone or iPod touch!
Similar to the Music Unlimited Android app, iOS users can now download individual albums and tracks, as well as any playlists they have created to their device and enjoy music even when a cellular or Wi-Fi connection isn’t available, or when they want to conserve battery life or curb data usage. This version 1.3 1 app update will offer the ability to listen to your music in crystal clear 320kbps AAC high fidelity audio while streaming.
Great news for everyone who listens to their music through the Music Unlimited service’s iPhone and iPod touch application – offline playback and high quality audio for streaming playback are included in the version 1.3 update that will go live very soon.
Similar to the Music Unlimited Android app, iOS users can now download individual albums and tracks, as well as any playlists they have created to their device and enjoy music even when a cellular or Wi-Fi connection isn’t available, or when they want to conserve battery life or curb data usage. Additionally, the version 1.3 update will offer the ability to listen to your music in crystal clear 320kbps AAC high fidelity audio while streaming.
Check out this video for all the details:
Listening to music offline is simple:
Select a playlist, song or album that you’d like to download.
Tap the “Options” button on the right of the album, track or playlist you’d like to download
Select “Download Album” from the pop up menu.
Once you select the music for download, hit the all new “Menu” button on the top left of the app and you’ll see the “My Downloads” queue to check the progress of your downloading tracks.
Once the tracks are finished downloading, you’ll immediately see the list of artists, albums, songs and playlists in the “My Downloads” tab. They are all available to hear while online or offline.
To listen offline, simply set the “Offline Mode” switch to “ON” and you’ll be taken immediately to your download list where you can select tracks by Artists, Albums, or Songs, or by Playlists.
Follow these easy steps to activate HQ Audio*:
Select the “Menu” button, and then select the “Settings” option.
Select “ON” where you see “High Quality Audio HQ Streaming”.
Once HQ Audio is activated, you’ll see an “HQ” badge next to the right of the track information when you play a song.
The app is currently under review with Apple, so we’ll let you know when it goes live!
If you’re not a subscriber to the Music Unlimited service, this is a great time to jump aboard! For a limited time, a 12 month Premium subscription to the Music Unlimited service is just $41.99 for PS Plus members – a discount of over 65 percent from the regular monthly price. Those who don’t have a PS+ membership can also take advantage of a special rate of $59.99 for the 12 month Premium subscription. More information about the offer can be found at PlayStation Blog.
*Please note that High Quality Streaming is not available for offline playback mode.