Sony is already starting to make some waves at this year's IFA event, over there across the pond. With a few announcements ready to go public today, they've pulled the curtain off their video-on-demand service, which will now forever be known as Qriocity. It's been on the workbench for quite some time now, and it's good to finally see that Sony's unveiling the project for a market release here in just a matter of weeks. Though, if you're not in a few select countries in Europe, you'll have to wait a bit longer to get your hands on the streaming digital content.
The multi-room streaming audio market is getting more crowded, with broader availability on relatively little-known German company Raumfeld. Based on WiFi and UPnP - unlike Sonos' proprietary technology - Raumfeld's multi-room system has the by-now mandatory color touchscreen remote together with a base-station that can store up to 160GB of media itself.
We wouldn't necessarily say that Spotify, a music streaming service in Europe with more than 7 million subscribers, has had a rough history. In fact, with 7 million subscribers and 325,000 of those being paid subscribers, we'd say the service is doing really well for itself. Of course, anyone who's been paying attention to the service's touch-and-go dialogue about coming to the States knows that it's been a long time coming. It doesn't help that it got approved for Apple's App Store, for use on the iPod Touch and iPhone, across the pond either. But, it looks like all of that is about to change.