Sony Brings Streaming Music Service To US

Sony has launched a cloud based music streaming service in the US aimed at bringing music to consumers' living rooms.

The service, known as Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity, will allow users to stream music on a range of Sony devices including Bravia TVs, Blu-Ray players, PlayStation 3 gaming consoles and Sony's portable devices.

Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity will offer over 6 million songs from the four big US music labels for a monthly $10 fee. The music files will be streamed to users' device directly from Sony's servers so that users don't have to worry about purchasing extra hard drives.

The service is already available in the UK and most of the European nations in which Sony has a presence. The company's goal is to offer the music streaming service in markets all over the world by building on the popularity of Sony devices.

Sony had started offering Qriocity as an on-demand video service on the company's well established PlayStation Network.

Tim Schaaff, president of Sony Network entertainment, said in a statement to Cnet, “the PlayStation Network has been in the marketplace since 2006 and has been growing customers for four years. There are 70 million accounts worldwide... It is has gaming, music, movies and all kinds of e-commerce. It is a stable business, and rather than starting from scratch, we decided to leverage that.”