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Sony BMG online music service in development

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 25 Mar 2008 17:22 User comments (3)

Sony BMG online music service in development According to Sony BMG Chief Executive Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, the music giant is currently developing a music download service that would offer unlimited access to the company's catalog on a subscription fee basis. The music will be compatible with many different brands of MP3 player including Apple Inc.'s iPod. The service was announced in German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
While Schmidt-Holtz didn't give any time frame for when this service is expected to become available to consumers, he said that the subscription model would include a fee of about 6 -- 8 per month for unlimited access to Sony BMG's catalog, which includes artists such as Leona Lewis, Alicia Keys and Celine Dion.

Interestingly, he also that it was "even possible that clients could keep some songs indefinitely, that they would own them even after the subscription expired." The plans were confirmed by a spokesman of Bertelsmann, which owns a 50% stake in Sony BMG Music Entertainment, a joint venture with Japan's Sony Corp.

Schmidt-Holtz is quoted as saying that Sony BMG was in talks with several other major music distributors but didn't name them, and that the service would possibly be available for users of mobile phones through deals with operators.

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3 user comments

125.3.2008 20:23

Give it up already, Sony. I don't listen to music based on the label who owns it. It's usually the song that gets my attention. Oh, and "Celine Dion", great selling point if it were 1996.
If I pay for music, I want to own it. I want to play it anywhere, not just a MP3 player. And I'm sure it will be DRM infested like everything else.

225.3.2008 20:33

Origionally, I thought they were completely against this idea. Who knew?

"The flimsier the product,the higher the price"
Ferengi 82nd rule of aqusition

326.3.2008 11:09

Another idea from Sony DRM that will fail because everybody who owns an iPod allready downloads music from iTunes. Like sgriesch said, people want to play there music on whatever they want, because they paid for it!

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