Ministry Of Sound Bows Download Program

London-based dance-music brand Ministry of Sound (MoS) has begun offering almost 100,000 tracks for legitimate download from its Web site, Billboard Bulletin reports. MoS relaunched the site yesterday

London-based dance-music brand Ministry of Sound (MoS) has begun offering almost 100,000 tracks for legitimate download from its Web site, Billboard Bulletin reports. MoS relaunched the site yesterday (April 28), declaring its ambition to become the "No. 1 global legal music download and streaming site."

All five major label groups (BMG Entertainment, EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group) are offering content to the service. Users can purchase downloads for 99p ($1.57) apiece from ministryofsound.com. Tracks can be burned to CD or transferred to a portable device. Alternatively, a monthly payment of #4.99 ($7.94) gives the user 500 credits; permanent downloads cost 100 credits, while 30-day timed-out downloads are 10 each.

Pay-per-view streaming for the broadband version of MoS radio is priced at #1.50 ($2.38) for 24 hours of access (during which time users can connect up to 10 times); other pay-per-view content, such as videos and DJ mixes, carries the same price. MoS radio remains available for free at the low bit rate.

MoS would not reveal the extent of its investment for the new services, which are seen as part of the company's strategic positioning under CEO Mark Rodol, who recently succeeded founder James Palumbo. MoS has undergone considerable restructuring in recent years as the dance-music industry has faced declines.