March 8, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
While Sony Music Unlimited has offered millions of songs available for on-demand streaming, the service and Android app previously required a persistent web connection to be effective. That’s not good when practically every other music streaming service features an offline mode and your app doesn’t.
Today, Sony brought Music Unlimited up to speed and enabled offline playback for subscribers. The latest version of the Music Unlimited Android app allows users to store playlists on their Android phone even when a data connection isn’t enabled. This enables listening on an airplane, in areas with weak cellular signals, or even if you want to your most-listened to music stored to limit data usage.
Music Unlimited customers can switch to the data-free listening mode by pressing Menu > Switch to Offline Mode. Take the following steps to download a playlist for offline playback.
1. Go to My Library > Playlists
2. Tap the Options button for playlists to make offline
3. Select “Available Offline”
Sony has touted its digital content services at tech conferences, but it the company has a lot of work to do to make Music Unlimited a serious competitor for the likes of Spotify, Rdio, and Google Play Music. Music Unlimited has an estimated 500,000 downloads from the Android Market, and the tablet version hasn’t been updated to enable offline support yet. Sony will have to do improve the app further and increase marketing if it hopes to entice customers to sign-up for the $9.99 monthly plan.