UBC Media Makes Music Downloads Available on the Go

Published: 2006-06-27
For those music fans who just can't wait till they get home to download a great song they've heard on the radio a company in the UK is making sure you won't have to wait.

UBC Media announced June 26 that they would be the first company to allow their users to purchase songs instantly that they hear on their digital radios. According to Reuters, "The London-based radio programming producer said it would begin testing the technology on Chrysalis Group's Heart station, with plans for a full roll-out by December.

The way it would work is users would pre pay for the service similarly to how some cell phones have pre-paid minutes. A user could instantly purchase a song while listening to it on their digital radio service. Then according to Reuters, "impulse song purchase from UBC's service also will be designed for simultaneous downloading to a web-based music library that is compatible with other music players".

Each song is expected to cost about $2.50 CDN which is quite a bit more than the $0.99 people are used to paying for digital songs on services such as iTunes, but if users want to pay for convenience, it seems a suitable legal solution.

No word on whether the service will become available outside of the UK.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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