Spotify PS4 And PS3 Announced: Music Service Coming To PlayStation This Spring, Can Stream Songs During Games

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Jan 28, 2015 01:17 PM EST

An exciting new partnership has been announced today: Spotify is coming to PlayStation.

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Sony revealed the news on its PlayStation Blog, stating that the music streaming service will be its exclusive partner for PS3 and PS4. It will launch under the new PlayStation Music service in 41 markets, which will replace Music Unlimited.

Users can link to existing Spotify accounts, signing up with existing IDs and carrying over any Spotify Premium subscriptions. Perhaps most excitingly, Spotify can be used during games on PS4, allowing you to make your own soundtrack to whatever it is you're playing. The service will launch on an unspecified date "this spring" first on PS3 and PS4, as well as Xperia smartphones and tablets.

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Ahead of Spotify on PlayStation Music's launch, Music Unlimited will close in its 19 countries on March 29, 2015. Sony says "nearly" all of these will be among the 41 markets that PlayStation Music with Spotify will be coming to, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. From February 28, any active subscriptions of Music Unlimited will get you 30 days of free access until March 29.

This deal could have big impacts on gaming, other than the fun and convenience of streaming music as you play. Sports games offer licensed soundtracks, but plugging in your own would be a fine substitute. Radio stations in Grand Theft Auto could seamlessly play the music you want, and there are plenty of other possibilities out there.

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