Sony launches Spotify-powered music streaming service for PlayStation

Gamers can stream their favourite songs through their consoles while playing video games after Sony and Spotify launched the PlayStation Music app on Monday.

The owners of PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles can now play their favourite albums over the top of in-game audio. The app is available for both free and premium Spotify account users and even without a Spotify account gamers can sign up to the service directly from their console.

Gustav Soderstrom, chief product officer at Spotify, said: “Music has always been a big part of gaming. I remember playing computer games like Quake and Counter-Strike with my favourite tunes on in the background, taking the experience to a whole new level. With today's launch, we're bringing back that magic of gaming with music.”

The usual Spotify features will now appear on PlayStation as part of the Music app, allowing gamers to search and create a playlist, as well as listen to those already selected by the service. This can then be controlled in-game via a pop-up volume menu, which allows users to tweak the balance between music and game audio.

Users will have access to both Spotify’s full catalogue of over 30 million songs via PlayStation Music and also its Connect technology, which enables other people in the room to use their device as a remote, changing tracks and volume without disrupting gameplay.

With more than 60 million active users – of which 15 million are paying subscribers – Spotify’s partnership with Sony is a strategic move. The latter is looking to maintain a lead over its main rival Microsoft and its Xbox One console in the sales race, while Spotify also wants to stay ahead in the streaming sphere, as music listening options continue to grow.

Apple is said to be working on its own music streaming service, due to be revealed this summer, following its acquisition of Beats Music earlier this year. Rapper-turned-businessman Jay Z is also expected to announce his own streaming service.

PlayStation Music is being rolled out immediately in 41 markets and is free to download.

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