Universal Music, Sky to launch music subscription service this year


The UK’s Sky and Universal are the latest companies to try, and ultimately fail, to knock Apple’s iTunes off its high horse. The two have teamed up to launch a new service, due later this year, that will be one of those all-you-can-eat subscription schemes. Think Napster and Rhapsody.

Thankfully, songs that are downloadable will be DRM-free.

Universal is the biggest record company of them all, and has bands like U2, the Mars Volta and the Wu-Tang Clan under contract.

It’s 2008 and the record labels are still trying to figure out digital distribution. What an impotent industry.