Sony's Music Unlimited streaming service is being updated today to offer high-quality 320 kbps AAC music on all platforms, including Android. The service, which offers unlimited (go figure) music streaming for the monthly price of $9.99, is hoping to persuade users to try it over competing services like Spotify and Rdio. 320 kbps AAC is generally regarded as a high enough quality streaming that general users won't notice the difference between it and locally stored files, but also keeps data usage from streaming reasonably low.
You can download the Music Unlimited app from the Play Store link above, and there is currently a 14 day free trial available when you sign up. The higher quality audio may be enough to have more users trying this service going forward.
320kbps AAC Streaming Playback Now Available for PlayStation 3, Android Smartphones and Tablets, and PCs
FOSTER CITY, California, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Network Entertainment International today announced that the company's Music Unlimited service now offers users the ability to listen to high quality audio through the service's PC (Windows® and Mac OS®), Sony Xperia™ and other Android™ smartphones and tablets, Sony Android Walkman®, and PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system applications. By turning on the high quality streaming option in Music Unlimited's settings menu, songs will playback in pristine 320 kbps AAC high fidelity audio.
Sony Entertainment Network's Music Unlimited service is a cloud-based digital music service that hosts a global catalog of over 18 million licensed songs(1) and is available on a wide range of Sony and non-Sony connected devices including any personal computer (including Windows and Mac OS), iOS devices including iPhone® and iPod touch®, Android devices including Sony Xperia smartphones and tablets, as well as the PS3, PlayStation®Vita, and connected Sony BRAVIA HDTVs as well as various Sony home audio and video devices.
The new feature, which is now live on the PS3, Android smartphone and tablet, Android Walkman, and web apps, will be added to other devices compatible with the Music Unlimited service later this year.
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(1) Number of tracks available from this catalog varies by country and may be less.