As a streaming service, it's great, and has some handy features. But as an overall music service, its lack of offline playback holds it back.
Music Unlimited Review
by on November 2, 2012
Sony’s Music Unlimited is the latest in a line of cross-platform music-streaming services, putting it head-to-head with the likes of Spotify, Deezer and Rdio. The library available here is pretty good, though it has some gaps compared some of its competitors – though almost all the services have gaps here and there, and Sony’s offering generally seems strong.
You can also build up your library of songs by syncing your existing music collection from your computer, much like iTunes Match. The app itself is fairly easy to navigate, though it doesn’t present you with a lot of content on its home screens, and we wish that it had autocompleting searches, and that you could reorder search results. Still, we had no problem finding songs we wanted and adding them to our library.
That’s all well and good, but the main problem with this app is its lack of offline play. On mobile devices, this is essential, since you’re always at risk of losing a solid connection. For us, it puts Music Unlimited several steps behind its peers on iOS. Android users actually do have an offline option, so hopefully it will come to the iPhone (the lack of iPad client also grates), but its lack means that for £9.99 per month for the premium service, we’d head to Deezer, Spotify or Rdio instead.
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