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British Telecom launches its music service

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 07 Mar 2003 14:57 User comments (3)

Former British monopoly, British Telecom, has launched its own legal music service together with artist Peter Gabriel's OD2 company. The new service, called, lists over 150,000 legal tracks in its catalog, but the service's main goal is to secure BT's position in country's emerging broadband markets.
BT's advertising claims of "unlimited music downloads" have already caused a British rival, Wippit, to complain to standards officers. In reality, the downloaded music can't be transferred to other computers and not even to portable audio devices. And when user ends his/her subscription, the downloaded tracks become unusable.

Service costs 10 a month (appx $17 or €16) and includes music from most of the major record labels -- except from Sony.

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3 user comments

17.3.2003 15:22

I love the way you immediately remind us of BTs monopoly. It is as if you hate their corporate butts for strangling our country's telecomminucation needs. Which of course they have. Paul :-)

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28.3.2003 3:13

What file format are the songs? Besides I'm sure that someone will make a program like un****.exe to get rid of any protection.

38.3.2003 12:45

The ideal legal music service would give the users downloadable tracks at affordable prices that they can do what they like, e.g. put them on an MP3 player and listen in the Car, or burn them on Audio CD and listen in a Hi-Fi. If this is not possible, then it is as usefull as inventing a solar-powered batterless flash-light (only works in direct sunlight) and hoping to make a profit on selling it. Probably the best free legal music service there is: Turn on your radio ;-)

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