Available on October 19, Sky Songs will offer UK users access to over four million DRM-free tracks for either download-to-own or advertising-free streaming.
Music includes new releases and back catalogue material from major labels EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner, along with tracks from various independent imprints, including Beggars Group (4AD, Rough Trade, Matador and XL Recordings) and the PIAS Entertainment Group (representing around 100 independent labels). Sky Songs is also fully licensed in the UK by PRS for Music.
Users can choose between two subscription options; unlimited music streaming for a monthly subscription of £6.49, with download-to-own tracks and albums priced at 65p and £6.49 respectively, or pay £7.99 per month to download one album or 15 tracks per month, along with the unlimited streams.
Celebrating the launch, Sky will offer all of its broadband customers a free downloadable album worth £6.49 upon signing up to the service.
"Our music partners bring an outstanding catalogue and unrivalled expertise that complements Sky's strengths in content distribution," said Sky chief operating officer Mike Darcey.
"Sky Songs will reach out to consumers who want legitimate digital services offering choice, ease of use and great value. Offering legal access to digital music is a vital step in combating illegal downloading."
Warner Music Europe senior vice president of digital business Eric Daugan said: "Sky has an impressive track record in engaging fans of all kinds of entertainment with compelling, easy-to-use services. This flexible music platform offers access to unlimited music as well as premium fan-oriented content, whilst ensuring our roster of artists are appropriately rewarded for their creativity."
Also commenting on the launch, EMI Music UK & Ireland president Andria Vidler explained: "Sky has proven expertise in running first-class consumer services and we welcome their entry into the music market. The widespread adoption of DRM-free downloads has helped drive new digital music services and with Sky's launch we have another major player who will help our artists and their music reach an ever wider audience."
PRS for Music managing director of broadcast, online and broadcast recorded media Andrew Shaw added: "Any new legal music service is good news for creators and music consumers; by licensing Sky Songs we ensure the writers, composers and publishers we represent are rewarded when their music is enjoyed. Sky Songs is another example of how digital service providers and the music industry can work together to bring choice to music lovers and return royalties to creators.
Back in June, Virgin Media also unveiled its own unlimited DRM-free music subscription service to launch later in the year.