January was a big month for Sony Entertainment Network. Take a look below and see how the Music Unlimited service continues to grow since the launch of the PlayStation 4, what songs and movies were most popular last month and what Oscar nominees you can already watch and listen to as you get ready for this year’s Academy Awards.
The response from gamers worldwide since the launch of PlayStation®4 in November has been nothing short of phenomenal, with more than 4.2 million units sold as of December 28, 2013. Equally exciting is that more people than ever are enjoying the Music Unlimited service now thanks to PS4.
Music Unlimited subscriber growth has doubled as gamers enjoy cool features like jamming to the latest Top 40 hits or Eminem Channel in the background while playing their favorite game. We’ve also seen a 50% increase[i] in the number of tracks streamed, while PS4 has accounted for 38%[ii] of total Music Unlimited playback.
Now we’re getting ready for the next big step.
On February 22, PS4 will launch in Japan and the Music Unlimited service will be along for the ride from Day one in one of the world’s largest and most influential music markets.
The Music Unlimited service first launched in Japan in July 2012 and is already the top streaming music service in the country. Music Unlimited on PS4 offers an incredible listening experience with a completely redesigned user interface that is faster and simpler to user. In addition to music playback in the background, users can also play, pause, skip tracks and seek to a location within a song on the fly without completely exiting games or other apps through a pop-up menu by pressing the “PS” button on the DUALSHOCK®4 controller.
For those of you enjoying Music Unlimited on PS4 outside of Japan, here are a few of our favorite Japanese artists to help you get ready for the launch.
Dreams Come True
[i] Comparing November 2013 to January 2014
[ii] Data from January 2014
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Cloud-Based Digital Music Subscription Service to Power Music Streaming for Leading Concert Discovery Application
Bandsintown and Sony Network Entertainment International today announced a partnership that will deliver fans better music and artist discovery. Through the partnership, the Music Unlimited service will be integrated directly into the Bandsintown application, enabling users of Bandsintown, the world’s largest concert discovery application with nine million application installs, to access millions of streaming songs within posts promoted by Bandsintown artists and shared by fans, email announcements, weekly updates, friend RSVP notifications, and more via Facebook, iOS and Android devices in 19 countries.
“Music Unlimited not only provides ad-free access to the latest hits but also enhances music discovery by elevating every genre, exposing Bandsintown music fans to new artists,” said Michael Aragon, vice president and general manager of global digital video and music services at Sony Network Entertainment International. “Our fast-growing global library of more than 25 million songs will complement Bandsintown’s expansive concert catalog, giving fans immediate access to local concert information and music they love.”
Bandsintown connects fans to their favorite music and delivers real-time notifications alerting them anytime their favorite artist’s tour or announce new shows nearby. Alternatively, Bandsintown users can glance at the entire list of artists playing in their area, select a track and sample new music through Music Unlimited and see a show of an artist they’ve never heard before.
“Bandsintown is all about making it easier for music lovers to not just be the first to find out when artists they love are coming near them, but to help them discover new music,” said Julien Mitelberg, CEO of Bandsintown. “Bandsintown already sends 25 percent of its fan base to concerts they had never heard about before. We want to boost that number even further by improving artist and music discovery right from the core of the application.”
During this week’s CES keynote address by Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation, he discussed many great network entertainment innovations coming your way from Sony this year and beyond. One of those in particular, introduced by Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and executive in charge of Sony Network Entertainment, Sony Corporation, we want to highlight here.
Sony Entertainment Network will begin testing a new cloud-based TV service in the US later this year that combines the live TV content people love most about cable with the dynamic experience you have come to expect from digital media services. We’re very excited about this initiative and look forward to unveiling more details in the near future. Be sure to check our blog frequently for updates.
If you missed the keynote or press conference and want to catch all the details you can watch them here. And don’t forget to keep checking out the SonyCES hub for photos and other updates straight from the show all week.
With so many great features unveiled during the Xperia Z1S launch at CES in Las Vegas this week, we wanted to make certain that music fans didn’t miss the new Walkman app that has been recently updated for select Xperia models (including Xperia Z, Z Ultra, and Z1) across the United States.
The new app integrates your personal music files with Sony Entertainment Network’s digital streaming subscription service, Music Unlimited, which offers a global catalog of over 25 million songs.
You can search both local music and your Music Unlimited account library. The new app offers access right from the home screen to Music Unlimited Premium, Genre, Era, and Mood channels, Playlists, and your personal Music Unlimited Library. You can now also access New Releases, top Chart hits and Featured Playlists directly from the app.
The new Walkman app continues Sony’s legacy of high fidelity audio experiences. It provides the option of HQ Audio (320 kbps AAC) for your offline Music Unlimited content. You can find this switch under the “Music Unlimited” section of the Settings area.
The Walkman app also includes a unique ClearAudio+ mode, combining various Sony signal-processing technologies. Enjoy distinctive Sony sound quality with the push of a button.
Pull out your Xperia, get the new Walkman app, and check out the full high fidelity Sony audio experience!
Click here for more information.
Tagged: CES 2014
Earlier this year we told you about how you can use PayPal to add funds to your Sony Entertainment Network Wallet, and last month we mentioned you could now do it right through the PlayStation Store on PS3.
Well now we’ve got even more good news: Beginning today (December 17) through December 23, 2013, when you add $50 to your SEN Wallet using PayPal we’ll give you $10 bonus cash! You can use that extra cash to buy games, watch the latest hit movies or TV shows from Video Unlimited or listen to the hottest new music with a subscription to the Music Unlimited service.
After you add $50 to your SEN wallet using PayPal, you’ll get an email and/or XMB message 12-16 days after December 23, with a voucher code to claim your free $10 in SEN Wallet cash. Visit Sony.com/PayPal for details and then sit back and enjoy that extra $10 in your account.
It’s getting cold outside and we want to keep you entertained. So if you’re looking for the gift of music, movies, games and more this holiday season, you’re in luck.
Starting today, December 16th through December 27th, we’re giving you the opportunity to win 12 days of Sony Entertainment Network giveaways. Each day we will reveal a new prize. Enter daily for your chance to win.
How to enter:
- Visit our “Gift-A-Day Giveaway” App on our Facebook page.
- Enter your contact information and submit.
- Return every day from now until 12/27 for your chance to win.
Have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy some great entertainment with your family and friends.
No purch. Nec. Open to 50 US/DC, 18+. For more details on the sweepstakes, including prizing and other information, please see the Official Rules.
We’ve collected all the best photos and other social media memories from the countdown to the launch of PlayStation4. If you missed it, see what happened.
Tonight’s the night! Just a few short hours until the PlayStation®4 launch event in New York City. We’ve told you before how we’ll be bringing you all the festivities through the *Live Events Viewer app on PlayStation®3 but if you need help here’s how you can get that:
- Log on to the PlayStation Store on your PlayStation®3.
- Scroll down to the Apps section and find Live Events Viewer for download.
- Once the Live Events Viewer is downloaded, find it on the XMB under TV/Video Services.
- Log on with your PSN or Sony Entertainment Network username and password.
- Finally, enjoy watching all of tonight’s events, LIVE from New York City!
The app is FREE to download and view the event. In other words, it costs nothing to be right in the middle of the action at PlayStation®4 makes its huge debut. The show starts at 8:00 PM-9:00 PM PDT/11:00 PM-12:00 AM EST, so check your watch and make sure don’t miss what happens tonight in New York City!
*Live Events Viewer app. is available in U.S. only. To access from international regions, please click here to stream it online.
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In just over a day PlayStation®4 will make it’s debut and we couldn’t be more excited, which is why we’re finally giving you a look at the complete picture of the entertainment options you’ll be able to enjoy after you unbox your new console!
Sony Entertainment Network, brings you all the best games, movies, TV shows and music, all-in-one easy access network platform.
Don’t forget – All of tomorrow night’s festivities will be available for you to view whether you’re in New York with us or checking things out from the comfort of home via the Live Events Viewer app on PlayStation®3. RSVP today to make sure you remember to tune in.
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