Verizon Frees Music From Data Subscriptions and Windows Media
Jul 31, 2006, 12:08 PM by (staff)
Verizon today announced it would no longer require customers with VCAST Music capable phones to subscribe to a VPAK in order to download music. Users can now log into the VCAST music store on their handset and purchase songs for the standard $1.99 per track. However as with all content viewed or purchased without a data plan, a la carte data charges or airtime charges, will be included in addition to the song's price. Verizon made this change in conjunction with the launch of the Chocolate, a new handset with a number of music-centric features such as a click wheel for navigating through songs and stereo Bluetooth. The Chocolate is also the first VCAST Music phone that can play mp3s without converting them to Windows Media files.
Google Play Music Searches Reveal Playable Results
Google has updated its Play Music app for Android devices and made it possible to play songs directly from search results. Now, when users search for a song, album, or artist, the top three results include a "play" button that lets them jump immediately to those songs.
Microsoft Adds OneDrive Streaming to Android and iOS Xbox Music Apps
Microsoft has rolled out updates to the Android and iOS Xbox Music apps that adds the ability to stream music stored in OneDrive. The free feature doesn't require a subscription, so people can upload songs to OneDrive and stream them to their Android or iOS device.
YouTube Music Now Supports Custom Offline Playlists
Google updated its YouTube Music application recently and made it possible for users to create their own playlists for offline listening. Before the update, YouTube Music would create mixtape for subscribers using its own algorithms — subscribers could not pick and choose individual songs or albums for offline playback.
Facebook Integrating Song Samples from iTunes and Spotify
Facebook today announced a change to its iOS app that it hopes will help people discover more music. Facebook users will now be able to share Music Stories, which are 30-second snippets from shared songs or albums.
It is the 1st phone marketed as Vcast Music that plays both wma and mp3. All the others you have to cable transfer and it convert...
off the subject .......
I know that the a940 and 9000 have been discontinued, but they were great phones.
What is it you are looking for in a phone that these can't provide?
vcast needs to have some better stuff with it, or verizon just needs to give consumers a better idea of what benefits it offers. most people just aren't that into on-phone entertainment yet.
Also for the record, I argued that this should be the app...