UPDATED Sony revamps Music Unlimited streaming app for iOS


Sony Entertainment Network is rolling out an updated version of its free Music Unlimited companion app for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, promising a number of new features requested by users.

Chief among the enhancements in Music Unlimited version 1.2 is My Channels, which enables users to create customized streaming music channels based on their favorite recording artists. Each My Channels stream includes tracks from that artist as well as other similar acts. The Music Unlimited overhaul also brings new tools for creating and editing playlists on an iPhone or iPod touch, a redesigned home view and a series of performance improvements.

Priced at $9.99 per month, Music Unlimited offers access to more than 18 million songs spanning multiple genres, moods and eras, syncing with subscribers' personal libraries and offering automatic recommendations based on listening habits. The service also touts features like unlimited track skipping, offline caching and ad-free listening,

Sony first expanded Music Unlimited to iOS in May 2012. The service is also optimized for a variety of Sony devices including the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3, as well as PCs and smartphones running Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android mobile operating system.

"Our focus has been on putting features out there that are critical to the consumer, such as mobile apps and caching," Sony Network Entertainment Vice President and General Manager of Digital Video and Music Services Michael Aragon told FierceMobileContent earlier this year. "The other thing that differentiates us is device coverage--we have the broadest coverage of devices in the market. We have a game console, Blu-ray players, Android and the iOS app."

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Updated Oct. 28 to reflect the correct number of songs available to Music Unlimited subscribers