RealNetworks has launched its web-based RealMusic service in the Uk for PCs and Macs.

The subscription-based service offers a variety of features, including music, radio, music videos, downloads, ringtones and user-generated content. It offers over 300 CD-quality, ad-free radio stations, including shows from Ministry of Sound, Carl Cox and GMG Radio (SmoothFM, Real Radio, JazzFM and Hed Kandi).

"Music lovers are looking for new ways to create, discover and share music anywhere, anytime" said Gabriel Levy, head of music, RealNetworks Europe.

"Approximately 20 per cent of the digital radio audience listens online," said Marco Menato, VP EMEA & Latin America, RealNetworks. "There is a strong demand for services that mix the way in which consumers access music, from downloading the latest chart hits and ringtones to sharing tracks from unsigned bands."

The service is debuting in the UK and will be introduced across Europe in 2006. Subscriptions cost £8.50 per month. "Downloads are anticipated to be priced at £0.99 per track or £7.99 per album," the company said.

Real's service can be accessed using Internet Explorer or Firefox on a PC or a Mac.