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.
YouTube Reimagines Its Premium Video and Music Services
May 17, 2018
YouTube today announced YouTube Premium and YouTube Music, services that replace YouTube Red and YT Music, respectively. Moving forward, YouTube Premium will be the video site's top-tier service, offering originals, ad-free play, background play, and downloads across YouTube.
‘Subscribe with Google’ to Ease Pain of Subscribing to News Sources
Mar 20, 2018
Google today announced Subscribe with Google, an easy way for people to subscribe to and pay for select news sources. Google has worked with a number of publishers over the last six months to develop the service.
Pandora Spins a New Tune with Video Ads to Unlock Premium Sessions
Dec 14, 2017
Pandora today rolled out a new way to enjoy streaming music on mobile devices. Moving forward, people who use Pandora's free, ad-supported service will be able to listen to a specific song, album, or playlist after viewing a 15-second video ad.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Offer Refined Hardware, Improved Camera, AR Emoji
Feb 25, 2018
Samsung today announced the Galaxy S9 and S9+ phones, updates to last year's S8 models. The devices bear a striking resemblance to their predecessors and make only modest changes to the hardware.
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.