Sony debuts Music Unlimited streaming service

By Emil
Dec 22, 2010
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  1. In partnership with Omnifone, Sony has announced "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity," a cloud-based digital music service with six million songs, a number that will of course grow over time. The content comes from the four major labels: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and EMI Music, as well as leading independent labels and major publishers worldwide.

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,319   +370

    I really like these streaming music options, except for one thing. The quality is AWFUL. Like MP3 80-100kbps levels. Barely even qualifies as high fidelity.
  3. db119

    db119 Newcomer, in training

    sounds pretty interesting
  4. db119

    db119 Newcomer, in training

    I'd like to have some more options than itunes
  5. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,470   +299

    Agreed, I've heard that Spotify is in the proccess of upgrading the quality of its store but I haven't actually noticed any difference? then again, this is round my friends house who doesn't have exactly the best headphones or speakers.

    Being Sony though I assume they'll use some patented encoding system that hopefully will squeeze some more quality out.
  6. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,272   +90

    Ok, that sounds cool and all, but having a service such as Grooveshark, why on earth would any rational person choose this instead?

    Sometimes I don't know how these companies think, it's like they are completely oblivious to real customers needs...
  7. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,470   +299

    Very good point, Grooveshark is very good! they almost got an iphone app going as well!
    I just wish I didn't have to Jail Break in order to get it :(

    But Groove Shark is free, advert free and doesn't even use an installed App it just is a web page!

    Problem is after reading through the Grooveshark Blog you have to question to legality of the site?
  8. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,272   +90

    Grooveshark isn't ad free, to be ad free you need to purchase VIP subscription or something. And as for the fact Grooveshark being a web page, well, isn't that what this new Sony service is going to be? Even if it turns out to be a Zune-like service, you would still need to be connected to the internet to acquire songs; not that much different from Grooveshark.

    Also, blame Apple for not approving the Grooveshark App. Grooveshark is legal; it doesn't you give you the music, it lets you, what I would call, "infinitely preview" it. If you like it, they offer various links to Itunes and Amazon so you could buy the music, and all of the profit goes to their respective owners. Even when you play a song, money goes to the owners. Besides, the fact you can upload your own music, and also put it out there and possibly sell it is great for up-and-coming artists. And all of this is FREE of charge.

    That's how I don't know why people would use this crappy attempt at music monopoly from Sony...
  9. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,470   +299

    Ok my mistake, Grooveshark has no banner ads if you use ad block plus anyway.
    I also doubt this Sony attempt will be like Grooveshark unless anyone has a link to a screenshot?
    Also I was comparing Grooveshark to Spotify in regards to installing an app etc...

    Yeah, I know Apple dissaproved it. Which is bizzare considering they allow Spotify? Thats the main reason I was question its Legality because that to me makes no sense, Hell Apple could actually make money from having Grooveshark if it includes links to its iTunes store to buy the music!

    Overall I agree though, I prefer Grooveshark over these otherones just because of the ease of loading it up. I used to listen to them on Grooveshark then buy them on iTunes but didn't realise that there was links! Cheers dude, think I might start using it more often.
  10. tonylukac

    tonylukac TechSpot Maniac Posts: 810   +18

    @People complaining about streaming quality. Did you ever listen to vinyl? Do you actually use all 5+ channels of your speaker system? I know, it's the 21st century.


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