Sony Connect launched in the US in May to a volley of criticism against its software interface.

Apple's iTunes Music Store competitor now intends introducing new features in autumn. These include improving the Web site, and also the introduction of, "an Internet radio that allows consumers to purchase a song with just one click on hearing it," according to Crains.

The report reveals Sony also plans on introducing a prepaid cash card users can employ to download music.

Sony's move to create a radio/download experience reflects plans by certain digital radio operators to enter the music downloads market.

A Reuters report last month described how digital radio firms are looking at ways to make music available for sale using digital radios. These tracks can then be transferred to a computer, a portable player or burned to CD.

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