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Annual music subscription for £99.99
Saturday 01 November 2008 18:15:06 by Andrew Ferguson

The range of choice for places where you can download music that does not infringe copyright laws is increasing. Datz.com has launched a service that for £99.99 lets you download as much music as you like for a year.

The service does have some restrictions; you need to have a USB dongle attached to the computer you are downloading the music onto, and the dongle will only work on two computers. Mac and Vista 64-bit users are also out of luck as the software currently only runs on XP and the 32-bit version of Vista. Once you have downloaded the music it is actually DRM free so can be transferred to a wide variety of devices, and will not expire.

Sainsbury's is apparently one of the retail stores where you will be able to pick up the retail pack, or you can order it from the Datz website with a 14 day delivery time.

How popular a service costing £99.99 a year will be remains to be seen; you would have to play your way through a lot of tracks, since you could buy around 11 CD albums for the same money, or download 125 tracks at 80p each. For a family where perhaps the parents buy the odd CD and kids spend pocket money on one or two CD's a month it seems to make some sense.

The launch timing for a product like this is critical--Buying someone with an MP3 player this download package could prove a popular Christmas present.

Comments

Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
Pffft ill pass not due to the price but the 223Mb of software bloat they want you to install

Oh and people considering it beware... quote...
"Datz Music Lounge does not currently support 64-bit versions of Windows"

Somehow i dont see it being a success
Posted by Pigmaster over 8 years ago
Not very good.

For instance I looked at the Stray Cats and they only have 2 of their albums, so it's not very good at the classics and the site search facility is rubbish.

Also makes you wonder that you need a dongle to download but you down load DRM free, so why the dongle?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 8 years ago
The dongle would be to stop people sharing login details with others I'd guess.
Posted by scragglymonk over 8 years ago
does not actually list the music that you could download until you buy or install the software
Posted by mishminx over 8 years ago
I could never bring myself to pay for a whole years subscription upfront. Its not the expense but rather a distinct lack of trust.
Posted by ferretuk over 8 years ago
My feelings exactly - New company with an untried business model. £100 is a lot to pay to a company that may fold due to lack of interest.

Potentially interesting if thay make a success of it...
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
Previous 2 posters make a good point... Im sure there was a service a year or so ago which went under leaving people with music they couldnt play as obviously you couldnt renew its DRM license. This sounds like it has no DRM until you read carefully "Once you have downloaded the music it is actually DRM free" I imagine it uses a similar service to others where the content online is actually DRM enabled and its only the paid for stuff you download which then removes the DRM (online it seems to use a temp cookie/license which starts the playback, rather than storing it on your machine).
Posted by ian72 over 8 years ago
@scragglymonk - there does seem to be a list of artists and tracks just no search mechanism. Although a lot of stuff i might want to download wasn't listed - so I won't be bothering with the service unless they get some of the other big artists on there.
Posted by scragglymonk over 8 years ago
not got an mp3 player, like my hearing how it is :) most music listened to is psytrance on www.shoutcast.com, that is free. Download from www.jamendo.com and that is all free to play, burn the music to cd etc under creative commons licence
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