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Sony Ericsson starts DRM-free music store

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 22 Aug 2008 16:02 User comments (3)

Sony Ericsson starts DRM-free music store First announced in 2007, Sony Ericsson's DRM-free PlayNow Arena media download store is finally coming on August 25th complete with 1 million, DRM-free tracks at launch.
The tracks offered are from Sony BMG, Warner Music, and EMI and the company says they hope to have 5 million tracks by the end of 2009 when they have gone global.

Martin Blomkvist, Sony Ericsson's head of content acquisition and management added that the store should help bring in extra revenue as well as "stimulate" handset sales for the phone maker.

"If we together don't work for finding ways to take away the obstacles of legal downloads, then, this industry from a digital perspective is going to die,"
Blomkvist said.

Prices are expected to be the same as rival iTunes, about 99 cents per track USD.

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3 user comments

122.8.2008 16:57

so that equates to 0.99 when it hits the uk, oh but i forgot everything in the uk costs more because of taxes........

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 22 Aug 2008 @ 16:58

222.8.2008 22:37

the obstacles are high price (over 50 cents) and DRM and propitiatory hardware..
I see 2 obstacles dealt with.....

323.8.2008 3:23

I agree with you Zippy now if they can just build a decent phone. Every ericsson I have ever had was a total piece of... let's just say they were flushed!

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