Turn on your PlayStation console and turn up the bass because Spotify has finally arrived on your PS4 and PS3. The music app that was previously promised has finally arrived in 41 markets on PSN, arriving just in time so you can listen to Kendrick Lamar’s newest album while taking down some grizzly monsters in Bloodborne. Downloading it on the PS4 will allow you to play music in the background while playing any game. Manipulation of sound sliders in games will be required for some titles so that the in game music doesn’t blend in together with the background music. Those that have yet to move to current gen won’t be able to get their hands on this particular feature on the PS3 though.
When originally announced, it was said that Spotify was a console exclusive and nothing has changed yet where that is concerned. SCEA Marketing Director Murray Pannell further cleared that situation up by stating that the app is a PlayStation exclusive “for the foreseeable future.” Two things: it doesn’t sound as iron-clad as it was in the past, almost making it sound like it may hit other consoles eventually. Secondly, where is our Vita version?
New and old customers of Spotify that have not previously received a free trial will be gifted a free month of Spotify Premium. This version of the service allows you to listen to any song without any ads, and has a better sound quality. There is one premium feature missing though: the ability to download any song to be played offline.
Luckily, the application does not require a PlayStation Plus subscription, meaning that everyone can download it. Sony is also showing some love to their loyalest fans by giving Music Unlimited subscribers two months of free Premium service. This is a fresh way of easing people into the new service.
Subscribing to Spotify Premium on the home consoles will cost $9.99 a month, which is the same amount as it does on your home computers and mobile devices. If you want to continue to enjoy the app after the initial free trial period without paying, you can use the free version that includes ads. It should also be noted that the application must be connected to your PlayStation account. There is also a nifty feature that allows you to pause, play, and skip around your music from the Quick Menu that is brought up when holding down the PS button on the Dualshock 4. If it seems familiar that’s because this feature was also in Music Unlimited.
This is a big get for Sony and, as of this writing, the application runs smoothly and works as intended. Spotify has a huge selection of music that is now at the fingertips of Sony home console users. It’s always a nice surprise when internet-based features work properly at launch on Sony consoles, especially considering Sony’s track record. Let us know what you will be rocking out to now that Spotify is on the PS4 and PS3 in the comments section below.