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Verizon Turns Up The Music

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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.

more info at Verizon Wireless »

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Verizonuser130

Jan 7, 2006, 7:33 PM

Razr mp3

Is the razr compatable with the MP3 player? because motorola built and integrated one but Verizon Disbaled it. Does that mean i can go get a software upgrade if not now then soon? thanks
The RAZR is not one of the phones offering VCAST MUSIC, at least not right away, not even sure if ever.
psuser

Jan 5, 2006, 2:28 PM

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 to your PC - as long as you purchase it from them for up to $2 along with software, a flash card, USB cable, etc. They should have debuted this offering as a subscription service that is included with your vCast $15 monthly charge.
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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
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Wha-What?? U think they're going to give you vCast along w/ unlimted music downloads for $15/month? How do the record companies get compensated then?

I'm not familiar w/ vCast as I'm a Sprint user but be happy your downloads are cheaper where we a...
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You don't have to buy the song for $2 a piece. It's only $2 if you want the song sent to your PC and your phone.

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 ...
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Not all phones have a memory card slot - including my just purchased RAZR v3c. Not a VZW Hater - been with them for many years and am probably one of the few posting here that actually pays the $15/mo. for vCast. vCast, which I like (but feel it could...
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Me2

Jan 5, 2006, 1:32 PM

Too Bad...

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.....
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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...
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sicadastra

Jan 5, 2006, 7:43 PM

Get your correct info here...

I dislike all your speculation and "hating". Here is real correct positive info, so shut up. Wink

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...
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sicadastra said:
Flame on…

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.
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I agree..I won't be using any music source sponsored by a wireless carrier. If you must have music on your phone..own a phone with an SD card reader (I have 512mb trans flash), then download to pc from any number of sites for .99 or cheaper, transfer...
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santistevan13

Jan 5, 2006, 6:07 PM

Music VCAST upgrade

Will this VCAST music upgrade be available on the Razor V3c or will the phone need to be upgrade by Verizon Wireless?? Cool
Well, going off the article, there are only select phones that work with it.

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.

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It's pointless with a v3c.....with 8mb of internal memory and no expandable memory, you could only store 1 or 2 songs on it. You might as well buy a CD or something instead.
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SForsyth01

Jan 5, 2006, 2:29 PM

Why????

Why wouldn't they make this feature available on all phones that are V-Cast capable? Seems kinda crappy that you can't get it on the 2 best V-Cast phones out there (the 9800 and the a970).
there will be an update for the 9800 in the late 1Q2006 ...don't worry
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sowhatsowhat10

Jan 5, 2006, 1:02 PM

is it only available in vcast areas?

that would suck if i had to drive an hour just to get a track or two.
Well, in the article it says that if u download the song from a PC then u only have to pay .99 cents and then transfer it to ur phone through the miniSD card (thats of course u have one, coz I dont lol), but it also says that if u want to download it ...
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The VCAST/EVDO areas are growin', tho'.

I'd think that by the end of '06, you'll be able to get VCAST jus' about anywhere 'cept the boonies.
 
 
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