Watch out Spotify - here comes Sky Songs
Another day rolls around and yet another player enters the streaming music market. Spotify had their cage rattled last week when Napster slashed their monthly fee and offered downloads as part of the deal. But now a big horse is set to run amok on the dual carriageway of online music – it’s Sky.
Sky Songs goes live on October 19th and has content from all of the major labels as part of its 4m tunestrong offering. Subscribers will pay monthly and are not tied to a long-term contract, meaning they can dip in and out of the service as they please. Also, and perhaps crucially, downloaded songs will be playable on any mp3 player.
The available tariffs will be…
- 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.
Downloading more songs will cost extra, although it hasn’t been announced if Sky will undercut the prices charged by rivals like iTunes and Amazon. Sky Songs won’t be available on mobile devices at launch, but the multimedia behemoths say they’re planning that and set-top box infiltration in the near future.
What does it all mean for you? Will you be tempted to dip your toe into the streaming music fountain now that a renowned brand like Sky are behind it? Or does the idea of bunging your cash at Rupert Murdoch’s empire make you sick up a small piece of carrot?