Sony has been digging deeper into the media content distribution and
sales business lately, as with most other console makers. Nintendo
are also using their game consoles to sell media, movies and
all sorts of content, but the PlayStation 3 and PSP
poised to make an impact. Both are multi-media centric, and both are
well connected with the PlayStation Network.
Today, Sony announced that a feature of the PS3 would be coming to the
PSP, bringing with it a slightly different twist. Qriocity is currently
used to provide movies and other content to the PS3, but the version
coming soon to the PlayStation Portable will be focused on music. Music
Unlimited powered by Qriocity is the name of the service, and it will be
a standout feature in the upcoming PSP software update, bringing the
console to v6.35.
Sony calls the service a new, cloud-based, digital music service from
Sony that will give music
lovers access to millions of songs stored and synchronized through the
cloud, and you'll be able to spot it and access it via a new XMB icon.
The company has yet to say when the new software will ship, but select
PSP owners are already seeing glimpses of it in the Store. Shouldn't be
too long now.
Also, some are speculating that an all-you-can-download music service on
the PSP could foreshadow a service coming to a future PSP-infused
cellphone. Given Apple's reluctance to offer such a service for iTunes,
it certainly sounds reasonable. In addition, the Media Go application for managing PSP downloadable content on your PC will be updated with enhancements to the user interface and advanced photo editing tools.