Verizon Turns Up The Music
Jan 5, 2006, 12:51 PM by (staff)
Verizon today announced the widely expected music service for their VCAST network. Over half a million songs are available at launch, growing to a million in a few months. The library includes artists from Warner, EMI, Universal, Sony/BMG plus indie artists from The Orchard. For 99 cents / song users can purchase music for your PC, which can then be transferred to your phone; a dual download to the phone and PC costs $1.99 for those who can't wait to hear a song. The over the air downloads use a new super efficient audio codec called Windows Media Audio Pro which preserves high quality sound in a smaller file size. Users can transfer any Windows Media Audio or MP3 file from their PC to the phone's storage card from Windows Media Player. The phone-based VCAST music integrates songs, ringtones, music videos and artist news. Live performances will also be offered as music videos. The first compatible phone will be an upgraded LG VX8100; additional VCAST music phones from Samsung and UT Starcom will be available soon, most likely the A930 and 8945. Customers with a LG VX8100 and Samsung A950 will be able to upgrade their handsets for compatibility with this service.
Apple Music for Android Adds Music Videos
Apple recently updated its Apple Music application for the Android platform and added access to music videos. Apple says thousands of music videos are now available to Android users, allowing subscribers to browse through new videos or search for specific songs or artists.
Amazon Brings Prime Music to Smartphones
Amazon today launched Prime Music, its own streaming music service. Prime Music is free to those who subscribe to Amazon Prime ($99/year), which also offers perks such as discounted shipping and Amazon Instant Video.
YouTube Music App Launches for Android and iOS
YouTube's stand-alone music app is now available for download. The app includes a home tab for recommended artists, as well as user-configurable stations based on individual tastes.
Apple Music Is $10/Month
Apple today announced Apple Music, its new streaming music service. In addition to streaming the entire iTunes catalog, the service includes curated playlists.
Historical Handset Restrictions Make this Unattractive
Verizon goes out of there way to ensure that you cannot freely move YOUR content back and forth from YOUR cell phone and then tout this service for the fact that you can move music back and forth from your cell phone t
I'm not familiar w/ vCast as I'm a Sprint user but be happy your downloads are cheaper where we a...
Okay so you have to buy a memory card to transfer music, big whoop. Everyone who listens to mp3s on their phone has a memory card so ...
Too bad it uses WMA. That pretty much puts ipod users out since it wont play em. I know you can convert it into mp3 or aac but then you loose alot of quality.....
I agree that AAC woulda been a MUCH better c...
Get your correct info here...
1. You are not required to use an SD card. The phones will accept .wma files on internal memory after the update.
2. The 8100, 950 and a new Audiovox (UT Starcom, whatever...) will be available at launch. YES, THE 9800 WILL BE AVAILABLE, BUT NOT TILL LATER. Those are it for now.
3. You can still use a card reader to put unlicensed .wma files on a card, just not DRM protected files. This means any OS can use it. (There are plenty of apps available to convert MP3 to WMA on any OS as well)
4. Using Media Player 10 will auto convert MP3s to WMA when you try to sync. YOU ARE NOT LIMITED TO MUSIC FROM VCAST.
5. No, you cannot use songs...
No flames, its coo that your tryin' to share info.
I'm jus' not gonna use the service though, 'cause its WMA an' the songs won't play on my iPod. Sry.
Music VCAST upgrade
Which really sucks - I am not an LG fan, had trouble with them in the past. Same with Samsung. My Motorolas have always been good to me.
All the more reason not to ...
is it only available in vcast areas?
I'd think that by the end of '06, you'll be able to get VCAST jus' about anywhere 'cept the boonies.