We’ve already had word today of a new-look MSN site, but Microsoft are ready to bolster that announcement with further news of a re-launched MSN UK music service. Though still in the beta stages, MSN are looking to launch both a download store and streaming service.
The Download-to-Own service will feature a credit system. £7.99 will bag you ten of these credits which can be exchanged for ten singles or a whole album. The tracks will be DRM free, but will initially come in WMA formats rather than the more popular MP3.
The streaming service has fewer available details at the moment. We do know however that the service will be free and browser based, and will be supported by visual rather than audio advertisements. At present, the service is only available to a limited number of invited guests.
Having bagged the support of four major labels and already in these early stages having secured roughly a million tracks, MSN look set to put up a decent fight in the competitive music service sphere.