Sony is preparing to launch its cloud based music streaming service for its PlayStation Portable hand-held gaming device on April 14th.
The company's Music Unlimited service, previously available for non-mobile devices like the PS3, Sony TVs and laptops, will allow users to select and stream music from a catalogue of over 7 million songs.
Music Unlimited is expected to be available on the Sony NGP console along with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone as well.
Sony is offering the Music Unlimited service on a 30-day free trial to PSP users, after which, they can opt for the £3.99 basic service or the £9.99 premium service.
The lower priced basic service will give users access to an ad-free radio-like service in which users will be able to stream music on the basis of channel and genre. The premium service will give unlimited access to premium channels and on-demand music, along with the ability to search the database and create customised playlists.
Sony had earlier promised the music streaming service to PSP consoles, but this hurried launch is perhaps due to increased competition from Amazon's newly launched cloud based music streaming service. The online retail giant had launched the service despite protests from record labels regarding licenses, with Sony warning Amazon that it is keeping its legal options open.