Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Gasta News: Sky Music

Sky is set to launch a digital music store, in a bid to take on the likes of iTunes, HMV and Tesco.

Sky has partnered with major Universal Music to enable visitors to download thousands of songs from its artists including U2, Girls Aloud and Kanye West.

The service will be available for a single monthly subscription charge and users will able to both stream songs on-demand and download tracks. Customers will be able to listen to tracks through a range of devices such as iPods, MP3 players and mobile phones.

Sky, which plans to partner with other major and independent record labels, for the joint venture service, said it will roll out the digital store later this year.

Mike Darcey, COO at BSkyB, said the service is being set up to meet consumer demand for online music.

"Companies like Sky and Universal Music are well placed to work together to meet consumers' needs. We aim to offer an easy and affordable service for all UK music fans, while ensuring that artists are properly rewarded for their creativity."

Lucian Grainge, chairman and chief executive, Universal Music Group International, said, "The new Sky service will provide a compelling digital music experience, built for the ever growing digital appetite of music fans. In a world where a majority of UK homes have high speed broadband access, consumers will welcome a safe, state-of-the-art service and legal alternative to those services which exploit musicians without compensation."