It has been announced that Virgin Digital, which saw a revamp earlier this year, is closing down. A message has been posted on the site:

"Dear customer, we regret to announce that the Virgin Digital service is due to close. We will be taking no new customers from today, Friday 21st September."

"On Friday the 28th September we will cease selling tracks and access will be for current Club users only. On Friday the 19th October the site will close for all customers."

"If you have purchased tracks from the service then we recommend that you back up your music files – Information about backing up and re-downloading your tracks."

"If you are a current Club member you will be able to continue using the service until the date that your next payment is due, after which the service will no longer be accessible to you."

"To all our customers we would like to say thank you and offer our apologies for any inconvenience this might cause."

"We are happy to be able to offer you a 1-month free subscription to the Virgin Media digital streaming jukebox and this link will be available from next week."

The site launched in 2005, a subsequent US launch saw an American sister site which has since also closed.

This announcement follows the news that Virgin Megastores in the UK are to be rebranded as "Zavvi" shops following Richard Branson's sale of the chain.