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T-Mobile jumps into online music biz

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 28 Jun 2004 14:52 User comments (1)

T-Mobile jumps into online music biz One of the world's largest mobile phone operators, German T-Mobile, announced today that it will launch its own legal online music store, aimed to mobile phone users. T-Mobile's service will launch on next week in five countries: the UK, Germany, Czech, Austria and the Netherlands. The nag? Service requires a specific phone that supports T-Mobile's "Ear Phones" technology and the company will start selling such handsets on next week's Monday.
It is not clear which company or companies have created the handsets -- and whether consumers are willing to change their Nokias and Samsungs to a handset that offers a possibility to pay for downloaded music. Also, the service currently only offers a catalog of 500 "mixes" that are limited to 90 or 120 seconds in length. However, T-Mobile promises that over 250,000 tracks will be available in "CD-quality" (I think we've heard that term before, haven't we?) format by Christmas. Also, the tracks will cost either 1.50 or 1.50 (obviously the higher price, 1.50, is only for British consumers..) and they can't be transferred to PCs or "real" digital audio players.

T-Mobile has licensing deals with three out of five major record labels; with Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music.

Source: Reuters

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130.6.2004 9:45

Well good luck...

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