Annual music subscription for £99.99
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.