Feeds

More ISP giveaways hit the high street

Throw in a fat bloke in a red suit and we can call it Christmas

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

HMV has become the UK's first music retailer to offer punters subscription-free Internet access. "This is a massive step in HMV's Internet strategy," said Stuart Rowe, general manager of HMV Direct and E-Commerce. "By teaming up with Yahoo! we have become the first music aligned ISP in the UK, which means that customers using this site will have immediate access to the kind of news, offers and information they specifically require." This isn't quite true since rock megastar David Bowie launched a subscription-based service at the end of last year although that was tailored specifically tailored for fans of Ziggy Stardust and all his alter egos. But Rowe is right when he says that this will have a broad appeal to music fans in the UK giving them a portal aimed directly at them and their wallets. HMV's strategy is in sharp contrast to high street rival Virgin Megastore which has yet to launch an e-commerce site to sell music CDs and games. Surprisingly, despite Virgin Net recently announcing it was to scrap its subscription-based service in favour of a free model there appears little co-ordination between the different Virgin brands. A spokeswoman for Virgin Megastore suggested there was little need for Megastore to follow HMV's lead since another part of the group already provided Net access. She did confirm that Virgin Megastore would create an e-commerce store later this year but couldn't reveal exactly when this would happen. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?
Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM
In the immortal words of Shaggy, it wasn't me us ... amirite?
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.