It appears a price war may be brewing between digital music operators, with the introduction of a new service which compares prices between different operators, including iTunes.
The new Comparedownload.com website compares track prices between iTunes, Amazon, 7Digital, Play.com, Tesco Digital and We7, offering comparisons for 10 million tracks, alongside reviews, artist info and gig tickets.
The debut of the site may take a chink out of iTunes sales, as in frequent cases a price comparison reveals tracks to be available on alternative services, sometimes at much lower prices.
Comparedownload.com’s founder James Bott says, “The inspiration for the site was born out of frustration at having to search through a range of stores to find the music I wanted at the right price.
Beyond music price comparisons, the service also offers a music player and lets users take a look at a tag cloud depicting recent popular searches.
CompareDownload.com has official agreements with all of the merchants on the website which allows it to display their tracks/albums. Once a search is performed on the site the price comparison technology will search through millions of track/albums across all of the individual merchants to bring back the results you are looking for. Along with the price it also offers music video, a clip of the song, reviews, images, blog forums, news stories, tour dates and ticket information.