After four years of rocking out in Europe, the music video streaming service, VidZone, has finally made its way to U.S. PlayStation 3's. If you've longed to return to a day when music videos were once again available in your living room, this free app might be just what you're looking for.
VidZone launched on European PS3s back in 2009, making more than a few U.S. children of the 80's and 90's quite a bit jealous. You see, children, there was once a time when channels like Music Television (MTV) and VH1 actually played music videos. Nowadays, music videos on TV are relegated to a couple of higher tier channels and, even then, you're usually stuck with the same old loop of offerings grouped within the same old tired sets of genres.
Well, it's taken a while, but now VidZone is finally available here in the U.S. It's a free, small download off of the PlayStation Network that will add the application to your XMB alongside Netflix, Hulu and the like. Speaking of videos, here's a nice little tutorial from the PlayStation Blog that gives you a tutorial on the app and how it works.
According to VidZone Head of Production Ben Creasey, this U.S. release has been a long time in the making but, now that it's available, fans in the States can finally enjoy its collection of 55,000 music videos and live performances.
“The free ad-based app includes an expanding catalog of thousands of music videos from all your favorite artist, including Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Pink, Foo Fighters, J. Cole, David Guetta and many more,” Creasey said.
Within VidZone, you can view videos by genre (Rock, Hip-Hop, Party, Chill), you can build playlists of your favorites, share with friends, search and watch your favorite bands or queue up a bunch of songs and let them play in a row. As stated, the app is free because of ad support but, in the hour I had it running in the background last night, I only noticed two brief commercials popping up. If you've been looking for a new way to enjoy music videos and you have a PS3 hooked up to your TV, you might as well give it a try.
For a taste of what you can expect, here's a clip showing off some of the biggest new videos currently playing on VidZone right now.