Richard Blewett posts about MSN Music being available in the UK. I’ve been using the UK service for the last few weeks and I’m reasonably impressed. There seem to be a few gremlins left to work out but overall the service is good.
I’m particularly enamoured with the micropayment system for streaming music. You can listen to a track streamed online for just a penny. Since I listen to a lot of music through my PC and it’s unlikely that I’ll want to listen to the same thing seventy-odd times, it doesn’t make sense to pay to download tracks so I just listen online. I’ve played loads of stuff I haven’t heard for ages and also found a few CD’s that I will probably buy now for the car (I still like to have something tangible for my money) that I’d never otherwise have tried.