Report: PS4 might finally get MP3 playback support

Shuhei Yoshida is playing either music, a pre-alpha Destiny build, or both.

The PlayStation 4 might finally be getting a music player application that supports MP3s, according to pictures of PlayStation Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida’s PSN profile.

Pictures of Yoshida’s profile sent to DualShockers show that he recently played something called “Music Player Demo,” which has an icon of a turntable.

However, another video of Yoshida’s profile shows the Music Player Demo with the description: “Bungie Internal Beta EN PS4.”

Last week Bungie said that it opened its pre-alpha build of Destiny to more people, and it’s likely Yoshida would be one of them. That means that the Destiny build could simply be mislabeled as “Music Player Demo,” or that Yoshida is testing the application’s custom soundtracks ability in the Destiny build.

The PlayStation 3 had a music player that supported MP3 and custom soundtracks, and fans were upset one wasn’t included in the PS4 at launch. In October 2013, Yoshida said Sony might address the issue in the future. "Thanks for the feedback to the lack of MP3 and DLNA support at the launch of PS4. I'll share with the PS4 Dev team for future consideration," he said on Twitter. "Had a very good discussion w the PS4 Dev team today. We're happy & appreciative to learn so many people use and like PS3's media features."

Again, this could easily be a bug or even a music player that doesn't support MP3s, so you should take this with a grain of salt until Sony makes an official statement. Either way, unless Sony plans to release it as a big surprise, it’s not likely that we’ll see a music player in the PS4’s 1.70 update, which will release next Wednesday, April 30.

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133 comments
xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

I'd love the return of themes. The Vita mishap with rereleasing all PSP content proved that it's possible and as simple as just gving access. It's no trouble nor does it cost them any money to do so. Yet they wont. You'd expect basic simple features that cost no money to be standard of the succeeding console if the preceding one had it.

fastestnascar
fastestnascar

PS3 a mistake say's a crying voice with no more time ( or funds $ ) to make the next push for success.  At what a high cost say's the xbone should we lay down say xbone playa #2.

fastestnascar
fastestnascar

Just like blue ray being licensed under SONY, MS paying out the wazoo for an app not possible before the xbone. Money will give you what you need MS & xbone lovers, SONY will and should rightfully reep the rewards of being on top of providing quality entertainment without double dipping into the consumers monthly bank accounts. Free after the sale meets with approvable  outcome  

DuaIFace
DuaIFace

The main reason people (including myself) were so confused as to why this wasn't included Day 1 was because of several upcoming games/developers stating that you'd have the ability for custom soundtracks---and then the machine comes out with absolutely no way to do it. LOL

It's not a 'feature' SONY, it should have been default. You're suppose to be all about supporting the developers, unless you never intended for that. I know better though---Shu will bring it.

Vividnightmare
Vividnightmare

The one thing I really REALLY miss from switching to a Ps4 from my 360 is the music player, I enjoy a lot of music which is way from mainstream and I love running music while playing games. Sure I can put together a number of set ups to run music from something else while gaming, but being able to do it all from one source is a great convenience, and having it integrated so that MY music runs as the games music is great because that way the music automatically drops volume or pauses just the way the games normal soundtrack would, thus not requiring me to turn down my music when things like cut scenes play or such. Also this means online play won't be screwed up since again the music will suspend when someone uses a mic instead of just continuing to run over the audio. Finally I liked the player because when I have a get together with family/friends often we enjoy putting on some music while we talk and relax but then put on a movie while we eat, then of course we switch to gaming. Having a music player which displays a nice graphic is a nice piece of ambiance, being able to then switch to a movie or game again is just a convenience. I have to say this new 'generation' of consoles surprises me with how unconcerned with consumer convenience it is, also for how much the 'all in one media solution' banner is blasted by companies how unfriendly to established common media these consoles launched. While I'm not ultra disappointed with my Ps4, I can say without doubt that this latest console generation will be the last one for me. The PC is beginning to rocket forth both technologically and functionally compared to the consoles; backwards compatible, dramatically higher performance and total format support just make it too useful for a universal media hound such as myself. DvD, CD, Blu Ray, MP3/4, DIVX or otherwise, regardless of what format my media is in, I know the PC will do it, consoles seem to really be struggling with this concept and almost apathetic towards correcting this deficit.

phiphthvyoo
phiphthvyoo

Yeah I imagine that some of the younger gamers will look at that icon and wonder what the big black circular thing is.

Vividnightmare
Vividnightmare

@phiphthvyoo It depends what they're into. If those younger gamers are also music hounds such as myself, they know exactly what it is since Vinyl is making a comeback in certain areas. Almost all the bands I listen to have a vinyl collectors edition of every album they make now, and I know Hot Topic sells records and record players.

bu3aDeL_Maz
bu3aDeL_Maz

I want the ability to pause my downloads, My internet has limit I would like to choose when to download a 3gb update =P


also, would be nice to have a wishlist in the store, I know its not a PS4 related topic but still.

Vividnightmare
Vividnightmare

@bu3aDeL_Maz I understand your position, however I recommend that instead of fighting for features to accommodate your ISP ripping you off and establishing the end of net neutrality and the internet as a pay for access information structure that you instead fight to change your ISP's policies. People should be paying for the speed of service, not the amount of it. The internet wasn't intended to be an economic choke hold on humanity, it was intended to expand us and help us grow, I recommend we fight for that ideal instead of finding ways to deal with the nightmare it's being turned into. However if you do feel like paying more for less some how enriches your life, more power to you.

ArkaynAdrian
ArkaynAdrian

@Vividnightmare @bu3aDeL_Maz Well said Vivid, well said. Though pausing should be included so you can prioritise what is downloaded first say when a game you want to play is making you wait for an update but is going slow cause there is other downloads at once.


But Fluff the ISP's. We all need to make a voice, a unified voice NOW not after they have won further.

don_44
don_44

I dnt get why these werent included in the first place. U cant play music, u cant customize the UI (themes, wallpapers, etc). I know it's a video game console with the main purpose being too play video games, but it was fun being able to play music while playing a game. U ever played tokugawa ieyasu theme from sengoku basara while playing a level in sonic generations? Shxts intense man. They sure did show off all the useless social shxt tho. I love my ps4 for the most part, but I can easily admit its lacking things people actually liked

noncasualgamer
noncasualgamer

They should have just waited to launch this year. I guess nintendo made them both show how ill prepared they were.

Kristhomas123
Kristhomas123

Shows how PC is the best gaming system. Plays all formats, mp3 and mkv

bu3aDeL_Maz
bu3aDeL_Maz

@Kristhomas123 it also has viruses and compatibility issues. im not saying it's the best or not, im saying both are good and bad.

matas_0r_not
matas_0r_not

viruses and compatibility issues (aka look for fixes in google for half of friking day instead of playin') are the reasons why i wont build a next gen pc.

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

this seems like a feature that should have been a no-brainer to have already been put in. Hell even the first playstation can play CDs. How hard would have been to implement this feature. I guess they were to busy throwing in the social stuff noone asked for. WIth no backwards compatibility (and yes I understand why it doesn't have it), a small library, and less media features than the ps3, why would I want to go out and buy a PS4 at this point?

snaketus
snaketus

@Chaos_Dante_456  Actually it was cheaper to manufacture it by just simply leave out the tech allowing to read normal CDs. I'm not really sure if it's there or not, if it is and it's only disable by software then I don't get it, but if the tech simply isn't inside then it's no brainer why it cannot play CDs.

capernaught
capernaught

@snaketus @Chaos_Dante_456 If it can play DVDs, then it has the optics to play Compact Discs.

BertoFlyingFox
BertoFlyingFox

I'd like themes and VC support. In the grand scheme of things, MP3 playback just isnt important to me.

Martyr77
Martyr77

What I really want is to be able to change backgrounds (wallpaper) on the PS4 like the PS3. They really need to change that. I know it is a minor thing really but still can't believe we can't do it.

annaisha
annaisha

"fans were upset one wasn’t included in the PS4"

And some non-fans straight up didn't buy a PS4 because of it. PS3 is still the better media hub supporting mp3s and DLNA. I'm not swithcing generations if those aren't supported: I'll just keep my PS3 for media and switch to PC gaming instead.

Andyf1ghter
Andyf1ghter

@annaisha  

Some people didn't buy a PS4 because it doesn't play mp3's? That's crazy. If you're switching to PC then why keep PS3 for media?

I bought my PS4 to play PS4 games, nothing else. My PC is much better suited for media.

Digital_DJ_00
Digital_DJ_00

If I cant listen to MP3/AAC songs while playing games, then it'd be useless and a waste of resources.

ahpuck
ahpuck

Who uses their console to listen to music? I use my PC or iPod. Seems like a waste of good disk space, especially with the huge install sizes now days.

Tangsta03
Tangsta03

@ahpuck  if they allow us to play the MP3s in the background whilst playing games, it'd be a nice feature! Of course that would also mean the devs who make the games would have to give us the option to turn the game music off!

annaisha
annaisha

@ahpuck  I do. I don't want to hook up my PC to my livingroom amplifier every time I want to listen to music through a decent pair of loudspeakers, instead of crappy built-in laptop speakers. Don't have an iPod, either.

mjonk2pc
mjonk2pc

I have a subscription to music unlimited for my daughters, just tried it on ps4 while playing a game to see, it plays the music instead of the game audio. Why anyone would want that is beyond me but I'm not a huge fan of listening to music anyway. The mp3 support is a waste of time to me. I'm only one person though

xophaser
xophaser

this is wrong not having mp3 and dnla.  A feature I did use on the PS3.  Doubt it is that hard to put on the PS4, not buying into any Sony or xbox music service.  Where is the blu-ray remote.  I will call up sony and complain if I don't see these basic feature within a year.  Grant I stil have my ps3 and never use those features much anymore, just don't like thing taken away or force on me, like a music service.

kusto1891
kusto1891

X B O X S N A P M U S I C

OR

STREAM ITUNES LIBRARY TO X1

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

The PS3 supported aac as well... It seems you can get much better sound quality from a lower bit rate than with mp3's, so I'd rather have aac support.

Ice-Cube
Ice-Cube

Why are they so lazy to put this simple app in? Music playback during gaming was promised for years on the PS3, yet it never happened. Why the hell isn't it on the PS4?

Articuno76
Articuno76

@Ice-Cube In all likelihood, to get users to use Sony's subscription-based Music Unlimited service. 

tendoboy1984
tendoboy1984

When I Googled images for the new ShareFactory app, I found a picture showing a photo/video player app on the PS4 Home screen. Media playback confirmed? :)

onixevil
onixevil

Finally the app has comeback        home 

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

This and changeable themes are the only upgrades I want for Ps4. The rest is fine.

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

I'm one of the humble lucky owners of a Sony Walkman Z series 32gb model. I don't need anything else to play music.

(But hey, I still have a couple Panasonic japanese portable CD players and they work like a charm...)

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@StonerDemon Playing through console (like you could with the 360) is far superior to listening on a secondary device. That way you get the games speach and sound effects as well as your own sound track. Was kinda peeved when I discovered I couldn't do both on my Ps3.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@The-Neon-Seal Yeah I didn't like that, some games need custom soundtracks & not all of them did on ps3 : (  Although I have pleanty of devices, I agree it's nicer when all the sound is coming from the same place, sure as hell not using headphones for music while gaming.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Yeah... Don't really care... I didn't buy a $400 music player... CDs have better Audio Quality anyways

tendoboy1984
tendoboy1984

Tell that to iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play Music, Rhapsody, etc.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Not one of those programs run on PS4...

Plus I've been buying CDs for years. Any Music enthusiasts will tell you, CD quality is better than MP3. That's why a normal album on CD is 500-700mb... an album on mp3 is substantially smaller... typically when it comes to media, movies and music, the larger the file, the better quality.

You may not be able to tell on sub-par headphones or speakers... but on a true stereo system, or aftermarket car Audio... CDs. Take the cake.

In general, on a PC. If you have the space, your better off ripping CDs to your HDD than downloading MP3 format. ONLY if you want the best quality. If you listen to music quietly, or just have a generic setup... Absolutely mp3 is great...

andmcq
andmcq

Whoa, mp3! Now I can play all of those sweet 64kbps tracks I downloaded from Limewire in 2004!

playstationzone
playstationzone

well could be easy done to do it first place anyways good see sony responeding to there fans unlike mirosoft.

capernaught
capernaught

@playstationzone All MS has been doing lately is change things to appease fans. Have you been on the internet for the past year?