Remember us mentioning
in November some "cool products and services
" that we had been preparing for you?
Well, those few months since the announcement have been pretty crazy for the UG Team over here, but we did everything to keep our promise. And today, we are announcing the result of a year's worth of work - the beta launch of UG Plus
In short, UG Plus
is a new section of Ultimate-Guitar.com
, which offers a collection of premium paid services. The key purpose of UG Plus is to provide you with tools aimed to help you with learning and playing your favorite songs and improving your guitar playing abilities. The services are created primarily for beginning and intermediate guitarists, but advanced players will find some interesting and useful features as well.
The services that are part of the initial (beta) launch of UG Plus:
Tab Pro. A new, UG-branded format of Tablature. View, learn and play along with the Ultimate Guitar's huge database of high-quality tabs directly from the site without buying or downloading any additional software. You can use our Tab Pro Player's advanced features to customize the way you view the musical notation, so you can learn better, quicker and easier.
Backing Tracks. This service will provide you with unlimited streaming access to a catalog of the most popular songs on Ultimate Guitar. These recordings were produced specifically for guitarists and even allow you to customize the audio levels of guitar parts to help you better learn the songs.
Ad Free. Yes, we've heard you. Now, after subscribing, you won't see those annoying ads on any page or any content created or hosted by Ultimate Guitar.
The services are offered individually, so you can pick and choose the ones that work best for you, whether you are a beginning or an advanced player.
You should be wondering by now, "when will I be able to test the new services?" So far, UG Plus is open only to few dozen beta testers - users who have been manually selected and invited to try out UG Plus for free in return for a feedback.
That's not all though, each of these users have the ability to invite several UGers of their own choice, and these additional users will be able to also become beta-testers and obtain the services for an extremely low price (think twenty-five cents for two weeks subscription). We charge that amount not to earn money (transaction costs will exceed the price of such subscriptions), but in order to check the payment system performance.
The beta-test process is a critical part of our product develop cycle, since it allows us to get valuable feedback and input from users, so we really hope to see a thorough and honest information on the new products.
One important note about UG Plus: due to a number of legal and technical issues, the Tab Pro and Backing Tracks services are currently available only to the UG users located in the United States.
Hope you enjoy what we have prepared for you, and get back to us with some feedback!
Stay tuned for more information on enrollment of the beta testing program, and - who knows - maybe you will get the next invite very soon. And remember, while we will keep adding more fantastic services to UG Plus, the rest of the site will always remain free, as in beer!