Sony released a major update today for its Music Unlimted service that streams music to PlayStation 3 consoles. The update brings an interface overhaul for the service on PS3, but more importantly, adds new music discovery capabilities as well as a “My Channels” feature that lets you customize your music listening experience.
The My Channels feature seems to take a page from Pandora, letting you create your own radio stations with songs selected based around your favorite artists. You type in the artist name and the station will automatically be populated with songs from that artist as well as similar songs from other artists. It’s also easier now to skip tracks by simply hitting the “dislike” button to skip to the next.
Additionally, your channels can now be fully edited and controlled directly from your PS3 console. You can create new playlists from scratch as well as add and delete songs from existing playlists. These new features are available to both Basic and Premium subscribers. A firmware update will roll out soon to Sony’s 2010 and 2011 Bravia TVs, PCs, and Blu-ray players.