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Sprint To Sell Music By Year's End

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Aug 17, 2005, 1:41 PM   by (staff)

Sprint Nextel has announced they plan to offer a music download service to Sprint subscribers by the holiday season. The company is currently evaluating a number of different music download services, but has not announced any of the candidates. When a winner is chosen, Sprint Nextel will evaluate pricing. According to CEO Len Lauer pricing will be more similar to ringtones than to the 99 cent downloads PC users are accustomed to. Sprint is most likely to launch the download service with their upcoming EV-DO handsets. Verizon is rumored to be working on similar plans for their VCAST handsets.

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Aug 17, 2005, 1:52 PM

What’s the big deal?

This is stupid they all ready do something like this. So if their going to do a download service why do it half ass and not a entire mp3?
The big deal is the possibilities or more data revenue from this product as well as other products they have now and will in the future.
Where did anyone one get the part of a song idea? This is a sevice available on the new a940 and mm9000 where you download a full song to your memery card and listen. That simple, its not a ringtone and probaby wont be able to be a ring tone, just l...

Aug 17, 2005, 3:24 PM


People are still getting used to paying .99 a song for downloading. I personally still think it's a rip off. Paying .99 to OWN something that you can only burn a set amount of times, you have to ALWAYS have a certain software installed to use, and you can't even choose the quality of the song you download (all services offer mp3's at 128kbps...sound quality improves GREATLY if you take it up to 160 or 192kbps) So I really don't think anybody with half a mind will pay MORE than .99 for part of a song....
But once you burn a CD of the songs you buy then you can re-rip them to use any number of times.

Also CD-quality is 128. I find anything over that is actually just extra space.

My 2 cents.

Aug 17, 2005, 3:41 PM


They need to just incorporate Satellite Radio into their towers and then you can access Sirius and XM on then handset.

And have some type of fm transmitter (or Bluetooth) to transfer the sound to your car stereo.

That way no matter what car im in I can have satellite radio.. I do to the gym.. satellite radio..

This downloading music is so stupid..especially on a cell phone!
did you read this?

http://www.redherring.com/Article.aspx?a=12345&hed=S ... »

some snip its: "Sirius programming will air on Sprint mobile phones, but the plan may hinge on price a...
It may be stupid, but plenty of people download the music for ringers and such.

Besides, everyone expects their phone to do everything for them..... including cooking dinner, doing their taxes, etc.
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