So Sky is launching a new download service according to the BBC today (22/07/08)
It sounds great, and Universal are also teaming up with Nokia (working across the road from me) to offer free downloads to nokia users. No doubt Virgin will be following suit shortly.
It’s great to see the music industry being proactive and not bitching about piracy anymore. The fact is, CD’s cost too much and why subscribe or pay when you can get it for free so easily unless there are ways to legally get music for very little?
Sky launches net music service
BSkyB is launching a new music subscription service for internet users in what it claimed is a world first.
The satellite television company, which also offers broadband access, is teaming up with Universal Music to offer digital access to hundreds of thousands of songs for a monthly fee.
Sky said other music industry partners may soon join the service.
The new service will launch late this year but details of subscription prices have not yet been made public.
But BSkyB's chief operating officer Mike Darcy said the aim was to reach the mass market. "Sky already has contact with one in three British homes through our television service," he said, "and we've got plenty of experience of running a subscription model."
The legal music downloads market is currently dominated by Apple's iTunes. Other companies have tried to offer subscription services without making much impact.
But BSkyB and Universal believe a service offering unlimited streamed music plus a set number of downloads for a flat monthly fee will prove attractive.
The music will be free of DRM copy protection software, so it will be available to play on any device, including Apple's iPod.
Pavarotti to Girls Aloud
The music industry has been pressing internet service providers to threaten broadband users who engage in file-sharing with disconnection.
It has been holding out the promise that ISPs can have a stake in the music business if they co-operate with a crackdown on customers who download copyrighted material.
BSkyB did not say specifically whether it now will be sending warnings to broadband customers who engage in file-sharing, but said that part of the aim of the new service is to ensure that "artists are properly rewarded for their creativity."
Lucian Grange, chairman and chief executive of Universal Music Group said consumers would welcome a "safe, state-of-the-art service and legal alternative to those services which exploit services without compensation."
Mr Grange said the service would offer everything "from Pavarotti to Girls Aloud" and would be "a lot more appealing than piracy."
Universal has also teamed up with the mobile phone giant Nokia to offer "Comes with Music", a service offering unlimited music to customers who buy a mobile phone.
But Mr Grange said the Nokia partnership was aimed at individuals, whereas the joint venture with BSkyB was targeted at families.
Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2008/07/22 13:03:16 GMT
© BBC MMVIII