Pure has added to the growing ranks of online music services available in the UK with a new service called FlowSongs. The service will enable customers to purchase songs directly from Pure DAB radios with the press of a button.
The Pure service is a joint venture with Shazam and 7Digital and will enable listeners to identify the song playing using the former, and then purchase the track using the latter.
Once purchased, songs will be stored in an online account and can be immediately streamed to the Pure radio, or a DRM free MP3 can be downloaded to a computer and then copied to a portable device. Streamed tracks play at 128Kb/s, while downloaded tracks will be full-fat 320Kbps. Each track will cost either 79p or £1.29 depending on the publisher of the song.
However, users will have to pay £2.99 a year to use the Shazam service built into the radios, even if they don’t buy any tracks, though you’ll get a 90 day free subscription when you sign up.
Not every track users hear on the radio will be available to buy of course, as there will need to be a licensed digital version available. Users trying to buy digital Beatles tracks will be left disappointed, for example.
While the web page has gone live the service will be available from Monday. It’s currently in beta and available exclusively to UK users at present.
Link: Pure Flowsongs.