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Sprint Cancels PC Downloads from Music Service

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Sep 30, 2008, 11:14 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sprint will no longer allow Sprint Music customers to download songs to both their phone and PC. The news came from a service update page on the Sprint web site. It reads, in part, "Beginning October 15, 2008, Sprint Music Store purchases will no longer include a second PC copy. All Sprint Music Store purchases will continue to be conveniently delivered directly to your Sprint handset." Customers will still be able to back up downloaded music from their handset to their PC, but it cannot be transferred to other mobile devices.

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Sep 30, 2008, 12:18 PM

it's a cell phone

Come on ppl it's a cell phone use it for that. 😁 I work for sprint and my plan is a basic talk only plan... Anyways if you are paying for music something is wrong with you ppl anyway use a usb and media player. HELLO!
I'm kinda suprised that somebody who appears to be so old fashion to use they're "phone" as a "phone" only is even on Phone Scoop?!!!?

I use my phone for everything, I'm not an ipod zombie, I use my phone for mp3's, FM radio, internet, 5mp quality ...
uuuuuhh... its kind of impossible to work for Sprint and have a 'basic talk only plan'... just because you don't use everything else doesn't mean you don't have the option. You make it sound like you'd have to PAY for more services or somethin... Empl...
newsflash01 said:
Come on, people! It's a cell phone. use It for that. 😁 I work for Sprint and my plan is a basic talk only plan... Anyways, if you are paying for music, something is wrong with you people, anyway! Use a usb and
You must make crappy commission working at Sprint with an attitude like that. Also, Sprint employees get a free plan which includes Talk/Data/Messaging, thus making your claim ridiculous.

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Oct 2, 2008, 12:11 PM

JUST buy CD's

quit being donkeys.

whats the big deal if you dont get a 2 for one deal?

how about this, dont give sprint the money for the song download, buy it or download it from somewhere else, then transfer it to you phone for free..


where do i come up with these things..

Sep 30, 2008, 4:40 PM

Just another sign...

That Sprint is (maybe) going under? I mean they are cutting back A LOT. Does anyone remember the Sprint email addresses being taken away? And they just sold their towers so they didn't have to maintain them. Anyone else think this and who do you think will buy them up (if anything happens)?
The problem now is that if someone (say VZW) buys them, they don't get the towers. They only get the customers.
WOW! I think you guys are reading too much into this stuff. Eliminating the music download and the email adresses in an example of getting rid of stuff that people aren't using. I've had Sprint for years and I've never used that email address. I'v...
Sprint sells their towers:

A carrier doesn't need to own towers. Just the Spectrum. Verizon and Att lease a good portion of their towers. So Sprint is just doing what they do. It's a lot cheaper. In fact, if you get a chance walk up to a monopole w...

Sep 30, 2008, 7:58 PM

Recording industry pressure?

Anyone think that maybe Sprint is getting pressure from the recording industry?

Think about it. You can buy a song from lots of different places online for $.99, but you only get 1 copy of the song. With you Sprint phone, you can get 2 copies; 1 for you phone and one for your computer.

I would bet that Sprint was getting at least some pressure about this because Sprint customers were essentially double dipping when buying a song. We've all seen the recording industry show just how greedy they can be the last several years.

I also think it has to do with lack of use, like with Sprint email going away. I can't think of more than 2 or 3 people that use the music store and no one that uses the Sprint email for anything except ...
Not really, I have to disagree. Verizons V-cast is the same. You get 2 copies. If you purchase it from your PC its .99 if you purchase it from your handset it's $1.99. Either way you get two copies.

Oct 1, 2008, 12:28 AM


Now they're more like iTunes.


Sep 30, 2008, 11:56 PM


😁 I do have an awesome plan but really don't use everything that comes with it your correct about that... I don't work on sales/commission the only thing i really meant by my post is why pay to download music from sprint when you could purchase a usb cord and get it for free... Maybe you could've read my first post and you may have known that....
Have a great day!

Sep 30, 2008, 11:23 AM

Cannot be transferred to other devices?

Isn't that what memory cards are for? Don't tell me that when you download a track OTA on Sprints network it gets saved to your phones on board memory?!!!!?

This is what memory cards are for music/pix!
The mobile versions of Sprint music store songs have always been in a proprietary format with integrated file licensing that makes the file only playable in the Sprint music store app...on the phone of the account that bought the song.

Even the PC ...
I hear ya man at this point im waiting for sprint to say we cant make calls anymore, First they tried to trick us out of our good plans for these phones & now after spending all that money we can transfer out music niether wow 👿
This thread sounds is starting to sound like a commercial for amazon... 😕
Jayshmay said:
Isn't that what memory cards are for? Don't tell me that when you download a track Over Tthe Air on Sprint's network it gets saved to your phone's on board memory?!!!!?

This is what memory cards are for: music an

Sep 30, 2008, 1:04 PM

This is surprising...?

It's very strange that Sprint would do something like this. I know that verizon is partnered with Rhapsody for song downloads on the PC, and it's very strange to see Sprint backing out of this service.

Does anybody her know (Sprint employees) what Sprint is planning to do? Do they have a new music store coming out? Was the PC download service negatively affecting Sprint's business in some way?
I'm a sprint employee use something other than the music store why would you guys continue to pay for something you could get for free....

Sep 30, 2008, 11:57 AM

My money

If i pay for a song then i should be able to do with it what i want. If i want to rip it or delete it its mine.
Sprint also has a right to put whatever restrictions they want on products they sell, and you also have the right to purchase songs from any vendor you like. Might I recommend rhapsody or itunes?
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