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Hey Sony, What's "B Music" Then?

New trademark points to new music service.

Here we go again, tiptoeing through the deliciously mysterious world of trade marks and patents. Sometimes a new trade mark discovery can perplex, sometimes it can enthral and sometimes it can just show you some terrifying drawings and you spend the next couple of nights having very vivid dreams about bears that eat your pancreas while it’s still attached.

This one is a bit vague, perhaps even more so than usual, but it might steer some of your inquisitive minds towards a few interesting possibilities.

Sony Computer Entertainment has registered a trade mark for something called “B Music” and the categories it’s filed in might be of interest. It’s listed as Class 9, which is computer software for creating and distributing music and video. So you might be thinking of something that would allow Sony to sell their record company and movie studios’ properties online.

Well, B Music is also listed as Class 38, which is something that narrowcasts music, podcasts and streams over the internet or through telephones. Under Class 38, B Music is associated with the kind of streaming Sony is showing off through Ustream with its PlayStation 4.

Finally, the trade mark is listed as Class 41, which is perhaps the most interesting of all. Class 41 allows for online distribution of music, media and online gaming services. This includes provision for rental of music, video and games.

And that’s really all there is. With the heavy emphasis on streaming and connectivity that Sony has put on its discussions around PlayStation 4 so far, this is not particularly surprising. And it’s possible that this is nothing to do with their PlayStation brand at all. But I can already think of a couple of interesting applications for this kind of technology.

Imagine not only being able to play your own music in-game but being able to subscribe to a Spotify-like service that streams your playlists into whatever game you’re playing. How about a music rental service that, much like Sony’s existing Music Unlimited (which just had a massive sale before Christmas last year – coincidence?) allows you to pick tracks and then stream them anywhere you are – mobile, tablet, Vita, PS3 and PS4, even Bravia TVs. Perhaps you could create a new LittleBigPlanet level and set up licensed music prompts in there which are streamed to the people playing your levels via this service?

The trade mark is currently under examination, having been filed on the 25th of March, and there’s always a chance that it will come to nothing but there are certainly some interesting possibilities.

Source: IPO

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  1. bunimomike
    Since: Jul 2009

    Do you think Sony has signed Melanie Brown (former Spice Girl) so that only her music features in every single game that’ll appear on the PS4?

    Comment posted on 18/04/2013 at 19:53.
    • MadJunkBoy
      Since: Aug 2010

      ohh the horror!!
      if that happends every game would become a survival game! :P

      Comment posted on 18/04/2013 at 20:02.
      • bunimomike
        Since: Jul 2009

        Game loads
        Menu screen appears
        Music starts
        *holds down Playstation button and chooses ‘Turn Off Console’*

        …and that wraps up another evening’s gaming.

        *goes to bed and cries quietly whilst inadvertently weeping in tune with Mel B’s latest release*

        Comment posted on 18/04/2013 at 20:22.
  2. Airiaen
    Since: Aug 2009

    Meh, I’d rather make my own and I doubt they’d ever get Blind Guardian.

    Comment posted on 18/04/2013 at 20:24.
  3. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    I honestly don’t get why companies are trying to get into the music streaming business, there’s so many right now and they all pretty much do the same thing – play music. I stick to Spotify (free) or just Youtube, don’t see the point in paying for any of it.

    Comment posted on 18/04/2013 at 20:33.
    • KeRaSh
      Since: Nov 2009

      It could be part or a PS+ package, so it would be free for existing subscribers.

      Comment posted on 18/04/2013 at 20:51.
      • gazzagb
        Master of speling mitakse
        Since: Feb 2009

        That would be a good idea, shame I’m not interested in PS+ though!

        Comment posted on 19/04/2013 at 00:14.
      • KeRaSh
        Since: Nov 2009

        Haha, same here! I’m also not in need of another music streaming device. Two PCs are hooked up to the living room TV including the sound system so that area should be covered.

        Comment posted on 19/04/2013 at 07:20.
    • JesseDeya
      Since: Jan 2010

      Well, to be fair to Sony – they already ARE in the music business. With the purchase of Gaikai, they most definitely ARE looking to get into the streaming business.

      Free is good, but to save locally (ie: on your mobile device for offline playback) you need a subscription, no matter which service you choose. I currently use an Aussie site called JBNow, linked to popular music and electronic retailer, but if Sony step up and bring my PS3, PS4, Vita, iPhone and iPad all into a compatible mix then I’ll be interested.

      Comment posted on 19/04/2013 at 00:34.
  4. XisTG
    Since: May 2010

    Spotify just debuted in my country a couple of months ago; I can’t think of a better service, so meh :)

    Comment posted on 18/04/2013 at 21:47.

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