Sky Songs to take on iTunes

Satellite broadcaster Sky is to take on Apple's iTunes in the digital music marketplace, when it launches its new subscription-based music store later this month. While users of the service will be limited to one album download a month, music streaming will be ad-free and unlimited.

According to the Press Association, the new service, called Sky Songs, will enable customers to download up to 1 album, or 10 songs, for a £6.49 a month subscription fee. Although additional songs will cost 65p a track, the service will also allow ad-free streaming of music without any limitations.

The new service will also allow users to download songs for use on any MP3 player - something which iTunes does not allow.

Speaking about the coming launch of their new service, Sky's Chief Operating Officer, Mike Darcey, said, "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."

Available from October 19th, the service will launch with a back catalogue of songs from major music labels including EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner, as well as over 100 independent labels.

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they are making the same mistake that apple made when launching itunes, not that it hurt apple at all - in that they are naming a service to a sector i.e. songs, or tunes. yet itunes went on to do everything else from movies, tv, podcasts, apps, games etc. they should have called it iplayer or something more flexible (i know there is now already an iplayer - just like there is already a skyplayer - but it makes more long term strategic sense, having an all in one app where you can stream or download songs and watch tv etc - everything that sky currently does.

I think were Apple were legitimately naive - just like how the AppStore model was forced onto them and look how well that's done!

So this is like the Zune Pass model, just without the ability to download the DRM subscription music for use on the device.
EDIT: And slightly cheaper.

If you compare anything to iTunes it's going to be better obviously, I can never understand why so people buy from the most expensive MP3 outlet with the lowest quality MP3's, I guess it's an Apple thing

I think it's a convenience thing as well. You download from iTunes, it's in your iTunes library, and it gets sent to your iPod without doing anything. Some people are just too lazy.

what said,
I think it's a convenience thing as well. You download from iTunes, it's in your iTunes library, and it gets sent to your iPod without doing anything. Some people are just too lazy.

Yeah but not everyone automatically assumes digital music means iTunes/iPod. There were options before and there are options now.

Exosphere said,
If you compare anything to iTunes it's going to be better obviously, I can never understand why so people buy from the most expensive MP3 outlet with the lowest quality MP3's, I guess it's an Apple thing ;)

Hi!

The last couple of albums I've bought off iTunes in America cost me $6.99 to $9.99. They were DRM free .m4a files encoded at 256kbit/sec. I think that is an awesome deal. Thanks, bye.

Sounds interesting. If the catalogue is good, I'd go for the unlimited streaming at that price. It needs to be a comprehensive catalogue, though.

Bhav said,
erm...unltimited ad-free streaming as well?

Well then it's not competing with itunes is it ? that's competing with spotify

Digix said,
Well then it's not competing with itunes is it ? that's competing with spotify

Actually it's competing with both. Spotify's streaming is £9.99, plus it's unlimited downloads (compared to Spotify's 3333 cap) and extra tracks are 65p, compared to iTunes' 79p default.

Will this be another service available only to USA and/or UK? Im geting sick of not getting the same stuff as the USA and UK do! Very unfair.

You want to be worrying about Tesco's not Sky. A few years ago 1 in every 10 pound spent in the uk was going to Tescos. I Imagine its slightly higher now!

The new service will also allow users to download songs for use on any MP3 player

Does that include ipods/iphones?, and also is that limited to 1 album/10 tracks.

Ipods and Iphone can play MP3 files.

My understanding is that you can stream an unlimited amount of music for your £6.50 a month, but only download a maximum of 10 songs a month. Then each song extra is 65p. So as long as you download at least 10 songs a month, this makes it very much cheaper than itunes and also more convenient with MP3 files rather than M4A/M4P.

Yeh sounds like they will be DRM free mp3's. How many good albums are released in a month? And if the streaming is done right this might be the first proper solution that I'd consider for paying for digital music (I've bought the odd song on iTunes, Spotify is too expensive).

Not bad - network integration and compatibility with the SkyHD box would be nice. Just gotta wait until they activate the ethernet port on the back and bring in the On Demand service.