For some time Sky has talked up its plans for a music service that will sweep all before it. Talk's over, here's the walk...
The uber-broadcaster has today officially announced 'Sky Songs' which will provide both download and streaming access to an initial library of over four million tracks. As you would expect from Sky there's no free ad-supported model, all four major music labels are aboard (Universal, EMI, Sony Music and Warner) and you won't need to be a Sky customer already for access.
So really it all comes down to the price plans and here things stack up quite well:
- pay £6.49 and download either a £6.49 album or 10 songs, and receive unlimited access to listen to over four million songs online for one month; or
- pay £7.99 and download either a £7.99 album or 15 songs, and receive unlimited access to listen to over four million songs online for one month
"Our music partners bring an outstanding catalogue and unrivalled expertise that complements Sky's strengths in content distribution," said Sky COO Mike Darcey. "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. "
Yep Sky Songs looks promising, in fact it looks up there with the newly slashed subscription price for Napster (£5pm for unlimited streaming and five downloadable tracks). Interested? Sky Songs is "coming very soon". So all in all it looks like Amazon MP3, 7Digital, iTunes and even Spotify may need to up their game once more. Competition, don't you just love it...