While most people can't distinguish the difference in bit-rate between 128Kbps and 320Kbps, the latter has become a selling for most online streaming services. Sony has updated their Music Unlimited service to keep up with the times and that means they will now be streaming 320Kbps audio.
The updated streaming quality will first be coming to Android, web, and the PlayStation 3 players, but desktops, iOS, and the Vita won't be left out. Upgrades for the latter devices and home theater devices will be coming later this year. Sony has staggered the update to make sure it goes without a hitch.
You can read Sony's full press release below:
FOSTER CITY, Calif., Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Network Entertainment International today announced that the company's Music Unlimited service now offers users the ability to listen to high quality audio through the service's PC (Windows(R) and Mac OS(R)), Sony Xperia(TM) and other Android(TM) smartphones and tablets, Sony Android Walkman(R), and PlayStation(R)3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system applications. By turning on the high quality streaming option in Music Unlimited's settings menu, songs will playback in pristine 320 kbps AAC high fidelity audio.
Sony Entertainment Network's Music Unlimited service is a cloud-based digital music service that hosts a global catalog of over 18 million licensed songs(1) and is available on a wide range of Sony and non-Sony connected devices including any personal computer (including Windows and Mac OS), iOS devices including iPhone(R) and iPod touch(R), Android devices including Sony Xperia smartphones and tablets, as well as the PS3, PlayStation(R)Vita, and connected Sony BRAVIA HDTVs as well as various Sony home audio and video devices.
The new feature, which is now live on the PS3, Android smartphone and tablet, Android Walkman, and web apps, will be added to other devices compatible with the Music Unlimited service later this year.