Alltel Lets Phones Sync Music from PCs Over the Air
Alltel announced a new service today that will allow subscribers to wirelessly sync music stored on their PCs to their mobile phones. Customers have to subscribe to the service, for $3.99 per month, and download a client to their PC. Once they do, they can use the mSpot Remix mobile player on their phones to connect with their PC and begin streaming and downloading songs and playlists through Alltel's wireless network. The songs are then saved to the phone's memory card so they can be played later. The songs must be free of DRM protections, and the Motorola Z6m is the only handset that works with the service for now. Alltel will make more handsets compatible with the service throughout 2008.
In Boon to Cricket Customers, Google Home Gains Deezer Music Streaming Service
Deezer this week said its music streaming service will soon be available for streaming on the Google Home smart speaker. Deezer competes with Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple Music, and Amazon Music Unlimited.
Starbucks Adds Spotify Music Discovery to Mobile Apps
Starbucks today expanded the scale of its mobile application to include Spotify-backed music discovery. People who visit Starbucks stores will be able to use the Starbucks mobile app to discover what songs are being played in-store and save those songs to a personal Spotify playlist.
LG Announces Music Service for Its High-End Phones
LG today announced a high-fidelity music service for several of its flagship handsets. The Hi-Fi music offering will make high-quality tracks available to LG owners in about 70 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, France, Italy, Russia, the U.K., and the U.S.
Amazon Launches Apple, Spotify Music Competitor
Amazon today announced Amazon Music Unlimited a streaming music service that offers on-demand access to tens of millions of songs. Amazon is offering Music Unlimited at several different price points.
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.
What an insane thing to pay for
1) A USB cable
2) A Wi-Fi Connection
3) A Bluetooth Connection
... or pretty much anything BESIDES paying $4 a month and sending the stuff out over the internet and back through a cell network.
Oh wait, you can't do anything else, because the carrier has crippled your phone from having basic, no-brainer features like a working USB port.
All the carriers do stuff like this, and we shouldn't praise them for these kinds of "services" which are really just rackets.