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Get your correct info here...

by sicadastra    Jan 5, 2006, 7:43 PM

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 purchased from iTunes. That, however, is as much Apple's limitation as it is VZW. (I am an avid user of both, and have no issue with this.)
6. $1.99 for an over the air download is more than fair in my opinion... especially considering sprint is the only other thing even close, and they charge more. If you don't like it... $.99 on the PC! Enough said!
7. Over the air downloads are restricted to vcast areas, yes. But again... just buy it on the PC or sync what you've already got, no vcast required.
8. No bluetooth support... fine, no positive spin on that. Just deal with it.
9. No you can't use the songs as ringtones. That’s because people will pay more for a ringtone, and this is a business. Welcome to capitalism.
10. The $15 vcast feature is NOT required for PC purchases, only for OTA. It also gets you other things (the best being the unlimited data airtime IMHO). And yes, I do agree the subscription model (unlim music for monthly $$) is a compelling idea, but VZW is following the highly successful iTunes business model, not the desperately floundering Rhapsody model.

Overall, this is an outstanding move by VZW and a huge leap forward. They've taken the best parts of several other products and put together something unlike anyone else... over the air downloads & a PC presence with extremely competitive pricing. The restrictions are no more limiting than any other digital music sellers. And if you want to “bend” some laws, the restrictions are mere nuisances with the right know-how (no, I won’t tell you how). Is it perfect? No... but it’s a damn good start.

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