Watch out Spotify - here comes Sky Songs

Picture 143 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?


  • long m.
    It does start to look like the sort of "pay for" music service that could be a success. Personally though, I'll never knowingly give any Murdoch Corp a penny of my dosh whatever service they provide.
  • Missing o.
    I've finally decided to give spotify a try after all this hype and media about streaming music. Apparently the free service is only available to people by invite only? If anyone has an extra invite: KE_Sickboy[at] I think for this pay for music service to really take off, there has to be options for casual listeners who will only use it a few times a month.
  • Lumoruk
    Missing out...visit here
  • Dai
    Is there any DRM?
  • Missing o.
    Thank you Lumoruk. I left some rep for you at HotUKDeals. Cheers, -Turbonerd
  • Rob
    I'm failing to see how these are competition for spotify, surely most people prefer a free account with an advert every 20 minutes or so to paying £120 a year for the same thing minus the adverts.
    • Andy D.
      True Rob, but you get to download tracks to keep as part of your monthly fee. After that, the streaming is essentially free (with none of the REALLY annoying ads of Spotify). It's tempting as far as I'm concerned, even if it is Sky.
  • Damo B. anyone? It's my favourite....
  • Skinflint
    I can't believe people actually pay that sort of money too download 15 songs when it is all availible online for free. I have never understood the social conscience?, I also kick dogs.
  • In f.
    I use newsgroups. No ads, and all the mp3s you can handle, for free! Downloaded, with no DRM.
  • Simon B.
    Napster is £5 a month with 5 MP3 download tracks and library of over 8 million songs. No ads, streamable direct from your browser AND supports the musicians. This Sky deal looks good too, but as I would rather not pay money to them, esspecially if I can get a proven service for less. I feel the industry is finally getting it right, you can now trial any music you like and then download the ones worth keeping. Why people are too tight to pay any money to the artists then pay over £10 for access to a newsgroup to steal their work is beyond me. Now we just need TV, Movies and Games to come up with a similar system.
  • Ten B.
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  • Jack
    Spotify and We7 are good for cheapskates like me, but looks like a good service for a lot of people. I don't really like the Sky company though
  • gav
    i think tv already has a service where people can watch before they buy (unless you're referring to TV licencing) buying albums and songs isn;t the best way to support an artist, most of the money goes to the record label and promotional people. support the artist: download the song, go to the show, buy the t-shirt
  • Must B.
    [...] had high hopes for its music streaming service, Sky Songs, when it launched last October. It promised customers access to millions of songs for a low monthly view – as low as the [...]

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