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Music subscription players Rhapsody, Spotify, Rdio reportedly plan to enter new territories in 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 1:15pm

Leading music subscription services are ramping up their global expansions.

GigaOm reports Rhapsody will launch in 16 additional European countries in the first half of this year (but didn't mention which). This is the first "proper international launch" for Rhapsody, which is in the UK and Germany by way of acquiring Napster, (the brand under which it operates in those nations).

Meanwhile, Rhapsody competitors Spotify and Rdio are both rumored to be entering the Japanese market in the coming months. Sony's Music Unlimited is currently Japanese music subscribers' only option. Spotify is in 20 countries worldwide, Rdio in 17.

Read more on the Rhapsody news in GigaOm here; more on Spotify and Rdio in Japan Daily Press here.

Sony's streaming music service gets 60-day free trial, new pricing tier

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 12:05pm

Sony Music UnlimitedSony has announced a new 60-day free trial for its Music Unlimited service. The streaming music offering includes not only on-demand options, but "ad-free Pandora-like radio streaming," with both genre- and artist-based stations (RAIN coverage here and here).

Music Unlimited also gained a new monthly pricing tier: €4.99 (a little over $6) a month gets users unlimited streaming. Engadget has more info here.

Sony's streaming music service arrives for iPhones, radio channels and all

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 9:00am

Sony's Music Unlimited iPhone appSony has just released a new iPhone app for its Music Unlimited subscription streaming music service. Sony already has apps available for Android devices, as well as a variety of Sony gadgets.

The Music Unlimited service is similar to Spotify or Rhapsody, in that for $10 per month users can stream a large catalog of music on-demand. But Music Unlimited also offers a cheaper $4 per month plan for access to a variety of customizable streaming radio channels, based on genres and artists. The radio streams are ad-free and users get unlimited skips.

You can find more RAIN coverage on Sony's Music Unlimited service here and here. The Verge has more on the new iPhone app here.

Sony adds artist-based radio to Music Unlimited service

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 11:05am

Sony Music UnlimitedSony has updated its subscription Music Unlimited service with artist-based customizable web radio streams. The service also offers various genre-based radio stations and a catalog of 10 million songs for on-demand access.

Customers can access streaming radio for $4 per month and the on-demand catalog for $10 per month. The service works on most Sony devices, including Blu-ray players, TVs, PlayStation3, PSP and tablets.

CNet has an article on the update here.

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