Sony has revealed they they’re going to end support for Maps, YouTube, and many functionalities of Near in the coming PS Vita updates.

Beginning in March, all the features found in Maps and those in Near that allows for locations or displaying maps will be disabled and removed completely via an update. YouTube support will end April 20 and has been removed from the PlayStation store as of January 28.

Sony has yet to give any reasons for the sudden removal of these apps, but there was some good news that came out of the Vita app fallout, Spotify will be coming to phones and PlayStation consoles in Spring 2015 to 41 territories, including North and South America, Europe, Asia and more.

“Music is a core component of the entertainment offering that consumers expect from Sony,” said Sony’s Andrew House, “and our goal with PlayStation Music is to provide the most compelling music experiences to the millions of PlayStation Network users around the world.”

“This partnership represents the best in music and the best in gaming coming together, which will benefit the vibrant and passionate communities of both Spotify and PlayStation Network. We’re thrilled to make Spotify the foundation of our strategy with PlayStation Music.”

It is currently unclear whether you’ll need a PlayStation plus subscription to use the Spotify app, but Sony did say players will be able to run the app and play their music while playing their games.

Let us know in the comments below if the tradeoff was worth it: Maps, YouTube and Near for Spotify.

  • Youtube gone? Ouch. I liked the PS3 app. Good thing I’ve converted to PC hooked to my TV.

    • Chandler Tate

      It does seem like a big loss. There had to of definitely been something else going on behind the scenes here that Sony isn’t letting everyone in on.

      • Roku lost it for about a year. Sony might as well start its own video streaming. They’re big enough.

        • Chandler Tate

          Wow, I didn’t realize Roku lost it as well. I own a Roku device, just don’t ever use it for anything besides Netflix.

          • It came back. Something to do with a copyright issue. Maybe it wasn’t an official Youtube app.

  • Jeff Blanch

    I don’t think I’ve used Near or Maps, but Youtube got a lot of play on my Vita, even after I finally got a smartphone. I’d say that just losing Youtube is a big loss. I like the thought of having Spotify, especially if you can play it in-game, but I remember using the other music app, Tunein, and I loved it, but it would drain the Vita’s battery like no one’s business, even with the screen off.

    • Chandler Tate

      I know you’ll be able to listen to Spotify while playing games on the PS3 and PS4, that would be pretty neat if it works on Vita too. YouTube is an app I heavily used on my Vita too, it’ll be a shame to see it go 🙁

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