Cingular To Announce Music Plans
Nov 1, 2006, 3:26 PM by (staff)
Cingular will soon announce new phones that will connect to online music services. The phones will offer Windows Media Plays For Sure for compatibility with many online music services. Cingular will partner with these services instead of offering its own music store. Subscribers will be able to transfer their own music or songs from any compatible service to their phone using Windows Media Player. Unlike services from Sprint or Verizon, Cingular will not offer downloads direct to the cell phone, however Cingular's service will not require subscribers to use additional custom software. The Samsung A707, which was revealed last week, is likely to be one of the first compatible phones for this service. It could launch as early as tomorrow.
I can't imagine this being something executed well. True, not everyone likes iTunes, but the last thing the world needs is another music service dripping with DRM. And given that it's coming from Cingular, it will be overpriced. Not ridiculously overpriced, but noticably more than any other equivalent service.
yech. . .
So, it sounds like people will be able to choose which site they buy their music from, and it should be noted that eMusic does NOT have DRM.