Brand New Music Download Service for October – Sky Songs

By on Tuesday, 27th October 2009 at 2:00 pm

Sky Songs (side)We have to face it. The music industry has gone through some ridiculously rapid changes over the last few years – most of which have had lasting, undoubtedly detrimental effect on artists. Physical record sales have tumbled to an all time low. We even witnessed the practical extinction of the CD single back in 2008. The reason for this, as we all know, is the fact that the majority of music lovers are now heading to their shiny PCs and Macs when seeking out their records. Don’t get me wrong – there is absolutely nothing wrong with this new, exciting musical medium. The major problem we are facing right now, however, is the amount of internet users choosing to do this illegally.

Illegal file sharing is affecting artists across the world – old, young, big and small. Record companies are losing money. So are those bands that create the all-important music. Upcoming artists looking to make it, well, they have a tough battle ahead. If we’re not careful, one day, there will be no new music coming our way. We have to ask ourselves, why are we risking inhibiting the next Beatles, Blur or, heck even Blue from getting signed?

Thankfully, there are an ever-increasing number of digital services out there trying to sort this scary situation out – Itunes, We7, Spotify, you name it. The latest musical innovation, however, comes in the form of Sky Songs. This super simple, in-browser service is set on changing the way we listen to and recieve our music, while at the same time, combating devilish file sharing.

So, how does it work? Well, for the cost of £6.49 a month, Sky Songs subscribers can download either an album at said price, or 10 songs of their choice. You can also grab a £7.99 subscription, which similarly allows you to download an album of that price, or 15 hand-picked tunes. Your downloaded tracks can then be stored and kept forever, and are completely compatible with iPods and other MP3 players. Yay!

However, perhaps the greatest thing included in either subscriptions’ price is the ability to stream over four million, ad-free songs online for one month at a time. Listen to the back catalogues of the likes of EMI, Universal and Sony, as well as a selection of awesome independent labels, all at the click of a mouse. The music on Sky Songs is crystal clear, and the site’s streaming player generally provides a fun listening experience.

One thing I’d criticise Sky Songs for is their current lack of packages. The ability to purchase and keep just one album a month is not exactly an exciting prospect to draw us in. I’d really like to see some sort of subscription which allows the user access to unlimited monthly downloads. Admittedly, this would be pricey, but at least it would totally tempt us from hitting the plethora of file sharing sites. However, on the upside, if you decided to purchase an album via Sky Songs over iTunes, you will have yourself the added month of free, ad-less musical streaming – get in!

Most importantly, we must remember that the Sky Songs service is a further step towards the complete dissemination of digital music LEGALLY. It is vital we embrace these organisations in order to prevent the damaging costs of file-sharing. So, while it is only a new service, and has certainly not reached the dizzying heights of perfection just yet, Sky Songs is certainly worth checking out if you’re a paying music lover.

To learn more, hit Sky Songs’ spanking new website.

3 Responses

5:40 pm
27th October 2009

1 album a month? I agree, I don’t think that is enough to hook me in. School report: must do better.

7:36 am
28th October 2009

Illegal file sharing is affecting artists across the…

Ah, you’ve fallen in to the music industry’s trap I see.

For the record, there is no offence of ‘illegal file sharing’. There is an offence of ‘Copyright Infringement’ which is a *civil* not a criminal matter.

We need to be using the correct terminology not falling for the Industry spin and we also need to be emphasising the civil nature of the offence. If we don’t, the industry will succeed in such things as broadband throttling or three strikes, purely because we have not educated the public and parliamentarians.

So please call a spade a spade at all times, otherwise it’ll get renamed ‘an earth inverting implement’ and it’ll be used against us all.

1:35 pm
28th October 2009

Thank you for your comments, ‘This Reality Podcast’.

But at the end of the day – music piracy IS stealing.

While I disagree with many of the methods suggested to combat piracy, INTENSE file-sharers MUST be prosecuted. If that means throttling their Broadband connections, so be it.

Primarily, however, the sites which are the sources of music piracy should be the ones that are targeted.

I also believe very casual downloaders should not be victimised.

Don’t get me wrong – I genuinely believe file sharing has done wonders for many new artists. But soon, most upcoming musicians will be gradually forced to abandon their creative work if they get no profitable return from it. And who knows what will go to waste because of that?

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