Sky Songs – Online Music Streaming and Download ServiceWritten by Rob Nichols on December 5, 2009 · Filed under Internet, Tech
According to a journalist for the Telegraph, Sky Songs has the potential to rival iTunes as an online music provider. The concept is not a new thing; downloading and streaming music is widely available online including the increasingly popular Spotify. But coming from a trusted source such as Sky, who provide television, telephone and internet for many households already, gives this service a head start over other options.
The principle is simple. You visit the Sky Songs website, sign up and you have access to 4 million songs. You can choose whether or not to download albums, singles or even mix and match songs creating a ‘music pack’. Most albums or music packs are available for £6.49, rivalling the prices of the likes of Amazon MP3 Download Store and iTunes for top titles.
Alternatively, you can have unlimited streaming of the same top titles for just £6.49. Perhaps other services such as Spotify are free, but you require an invite and personally, I would sooner use a service provided by a trusted company such as Sky.
All of the top chart songs as well as millions more are listed on the site and they are all in MP3 format so are compatible with all MP3 players including the ever popular iPod and iPhone.
Upon visiting the site, you have the option to sign up or simply browse the site to see if the songs you like are listed and available for download. After you have signed up you can instantly start downloading or streaming your favourite tunes. I am excited about the site which is up and running already, the extra competition in online music arena from a big player like this will hopefully be good for consumers giving us more choice and better prices.
The site is extremely easy to navigate. With all the UK chart hits listed on the homepage, and an easy tabbed layout allows you to flick between genre’s artists and playlists that have been pre-created by Sky such as ‘songs from Christmas ads’ which could be fun at this time of year. These are all available for you to download as pre-made music packs. There is also an accurate search facility which can direct you to any song listed on the site that you desire.
Once you have created your account, not only can you start downloading and streaming your music, you can begin making your own personalised playlists of music that you regularly stream, much like Spotify. You can add songs to these playlists as you browse the site and you can find them in your ‘live playlist’ as well as move them to a more permanent playlist once you have selected all of your favourite songs.
My first impressions of the service are extremely good. The site is attractive and extremely user-friendly so anybody can use it effectively, beginner, expert or anything in between.
My favourite features of the site are firstly, that no invite is required to use it; it is open to anyone with a valid e-mail address. As well as the high quality DRM free tracks. And lastly they offer a free album download when you sign up!
I highly recommend you take a look at Sky Songs, it’s seems like a great option for anyone who is trying to get away from the restricted iTunes downloads, or still awaiting a Spotify invite. It will be interesting to see how this competes as we learned today that Apple have completed a takeover of music streaming service LaLa so will soon be offering a similar streaming service.