Sky Songs - Music Marketplace
Sky has announced that it's digital music service aimed at consumers in the UK, will launch next Monday (October 19th). The service is called Sky Songs will allow users to stream and also download both new releases and a back catalogue from all four major record labels. Hoping to compete with iTunes in the digital music market, Sky Songs will be a subscription based service, with two options available upon launch.
The first option is a monthly subscription costing £6.49, this will allow users to download and keep a single album or 10 songs as well as unlimited streaming of over four million songs. The second, more expensive option, is again a monthly subscription, priced at £7.99 and again provides users with access to unlimited streaming. This package will also allow users to download and keep a single album or 15 individual songs.
If a monthly subscription isn't for you, Sky Songs will also allow you to purchase your music on a track-by-track basis, with pricing starting at 65p. If you're lucky enough to be an existing sky customer, they have announced that you will receive a free album worth £6.49 when the service launches. The one thing they haven't yet revealed are the details regarding quality and bit rate of the music available, although it should be available in a variety of formats if they want to seriously compete with the likes of Amazon and others.
Mike Darcey, Sky’s Chief Operating Officer, said "Our music partners bring an outstanding catalogue and unrivalled expertise that complements Sky’s strengths in content distribution. Sky Songs will reach out to consumers who want legitimate digital services offering choice, ease of use and great value. Offering legal access to digital music is a vital step in combating illegal downloading."