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Now that continuous waves of attacks against Sony's servers have slowed down a bit (it's been over a week since the last hack), the company found some strength to regroup and released an Android client for its popular cloud music service Music Unlimited, powered by Qriocity.

$3.99/month for basic and $9.99/month for premium (30-day free trial available) buy you streaming of various catalogs of music from the web (à la Pandora) as well as syncing of your own library to Sony's cloud servers with subsequent playback from said cloud (à la Amazon Cloud Drive and Google Music).

Update: Sony's official post on the Music Unlimited launch.

Considering most of the above can be achieved without a monthly subscription, I am not sure how many of you will jump over to Music Unlimited, although if there's one thing it has going for it, it's the UI design. Gorgeous doesn't begin to describe it - it's probably one of the cleanest UIs I've ever seen on Android.

Have a look at the official description, the differences between basic and premium (link available if you're logged into Qriocity - I hope my newly created login will stay unhacked for at least a little while), followed by the screenshots below, then jump to the Market links by clicking or scanning our app widget.

Note #1: The installer currently weighs 32MB, without Apps2SD support whatsoever (it's copy protected using an antiquated technique), so it's not for the weak of heart at all.

Note #2: Music Unlimited is only compatible with Android phones running OS versions 2.1-2.3.3 - sorry, tablet and 2.3.4 owners.

Note #3: As far as availability around the world goes, according to Wikipedia, Music Unlimited "... was launched in December 2010 in United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. It launched in the United States early in January 2011. It was launched in France, Italy, Germany, and Spain in late January, 2011. It launched in Australia and New Zealand in February 2011."

With the Basic plan, you can access personalized channels that adapt to your music tastes and your mood and enjoy the songs in your personal library that have been previously synched from your PC. The Premium plan offers all the features of the Basic Plan, plus full access to our entire catalogue and premium streaming channels.

Application Key Features
・Create your own personalized channels
・Full access to “Premium” channels with a Premium Plan
・Sync your songs on a PC and access from your phone
・Unlimited access to our entire catalogue with Premium Plan
・Easily discover artist history and affinity artists through our Related page
・Easily access your music using Android Home Widget Player

*Sync requires that music content exist in the service library. Copy protected content is not supported.

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Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • 6GhosT9

    Very Metro'esque in my opinion... ;)

  • Carlos

    If nothing else you are totally right about the gorgeous ui. I hope other developers take some notice and design cues from it.... One could hope

    • Jon Garrett

      Too bad this shit is NOT compatible with my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 !!!

      Ive had my shinny new Android toy for about 3 days now and I must say that its not what I had hoped it would be. very disappointed at this stage.

  • Ron H in Schenectady

    Will this work outside the US?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      According to Wikipedia: "It was launched in December 2010 in United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. It launched in the United States early in January 2011. It was launched in France, Italy, Germany, and Spain in late January, 2011. It launched in Australia and New Zealand in February 2011."

  • PacoBell

    I wonder if this app will also install a rootkit ;)

  • Maestro

    "Sorry, this service is not available in your country/region." :(

  • http://trueacu.com acupunc

    I'm doing ok with Google music ;)

    I do think that Google does need to offer something similar too this though. . . especially for new music lovers that don't have tons of their own music already.

  • OFI

    "$3.99/month for basic and $9.99/month for premium"

    Good to see the usual exchange rate shenanigans underway. £3.99/£9.99 in the UK.
    Online services really need to cut this crap out.

  • Wr3ck

    I'm going to stick with free AudioGalaxy. I'd rather not use an app that has anything to do with Sony's servers, especially if I would pay them anything

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      AudioGalaxy was down this morning, which highlighted its major flaw yet again of routing all your music through their servers. I'd recommend Subsonic instead - it's far more flexible too.

  • Marland Pittman

    I'm really loving Subsonic.