UK ISP BT is planning to offer its own music download and streaming service, in a bid to offer a legal alternative to media piracy.
According to an Invitation to Tender document procured by The Guardian, the ISP is planning to roll out a not-(initially)-for-profit music download service, which will be unveiled in the 'near future'.
The service will be available to the 5.5 million BT customers across the UK and will allow music downloading and streaming. The company is currently in talks with major record companies like Universal Music and EMI for the music licenses.
The business model being implemented by BT is unknown but the company is expected to offer the service for free for six to nine months after launch, with plans to offer a subscription based model after that.
“We are very keen to launch a music service in the near future, but it will have to be with a model that customers will want and can work financially for BT. We are in the early development stage so we are not currently in a position to comment further,” the company said in a statement to PC Pro.
Another music streaming service, Spotify, is also in talks with ISPs including Virgin Media for a possible partnership.
The latest manouvering follows a meeting last month between the government, ISPs and representatives of the music industry on how to facilitate legal downloads.