Android app news: Sony Music Unlimited service launched

Unlimited subscription-based streaming beats iCloud

Music Unlimited digs iCloud in the ribs with all-you-can-eat Android service.

Sony has stolen a march on its rivals by launching its Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity service for all Android handsets.

The long-mooted, cloud-based music streaming service allows users access to 7-million songs, as well as access to your existing music collection through the data connection on your Android-powered device.

The launch of the Music Unlimited app seems to combine the best of apps like Spotify which offer subscriptions to unlimited music that you don't yet own, and the opportunity to stream music from your own library, like Google Music or Apple's iCloud.

The subscription-based app offers two tiers of service. You can have a Pandora-like ad-free radio app and the chance to access your own library for $4.99 a month (£2.99) and a Spotify-like all-you-can-eat service meaning you can play any song you want from the library and create your own playlists.

The app's interface is colourful and smooth and offers easy access to your own music as well as the 7-million strong library from all the major labels. Something that Google itself has yet to achieve.

Breaking from tradition somewhat Sony is offering this app to all Android-phone owners, not just those rocking a Sony Ericsson Xperia device.

Sony is currently offering a free 30 day trial to the premium service when you sign up at Music.Qriocity.com. The Music Unlimited app sorts of puts iCloud in the shade at the moment and offers a great alternative for Android owners with iOS envy.

Link: Music Unlimited