DAB Music downloads - now there's a thought

I was interested to hear last night about UBC's planned music download system that operates across DAB radio frequencies. Yep, that's right - a download system that operates across a simplex radio transmission service.

UBC's service is a long way from iTunes and the like, however, as it only allows listeners of Heart FM to buy the track they're currently listening to and have it transferred to a DAB-compatible music player.

According to Chrysalis, the company behind Heart FM, songs will cost 125p each to download to a DAB-compatible mobile phone.

The plan is to allow around 100 punters in Birmingham to trial the service in Birmingham later this year, when new DAB-compatible mobile phones start to ship.

If all goes well, the plan is to launch the service - which has the support of Sony BMG, EMI, Warner and Universal - some time next year.

So there you have it - you pay 125p a to record a song from digital radio and listen to it legally.

My God, with genius ideas like this in circulation, there's no wonder there's so much digital piracy around...