Verizon has launched V Cast Music, a service designed to download music directly to cell phones or Windows XP based computers.
On January 16, 2006, V CAST Music from Verizon Wireless will give customers immediate
access to songs from well-known artists at major music labels Warner Music
Group, EMI Music, Universal and Sony/BMG, as well as indie provider The
Orchard, and will let them play music on their wireless phones -- the same
device they have come to rely upon for entertainment, information and mobile
communication. The company said more than one million songs will be available
for purchase in the Verizon Wireless V CAST Music Store by spring.
V CAST Music combines the immediacy of over-the-air, full-music downloads
with the ability to move a digital music collection between a Windows XP PC
and a wireless phone. The service lets customers browse, preview, download
and play high-quality digital music from their phones or online in the Verizon
Wireless V CAST Music Store. Purchases from the phone also feature a
dual-download of the song, giving customers the ability to get the same song
on both their phone and their PC for one price. V CAST Music also allows
customers to take digital music already downloaded to their PC and sync it
with their handset via USB cable, using the most widely-respected and
comprehensive Digital Rights Management (DRM) standard, from Microsoft,
available in the United States today.
V CAST Music Service Details
Customers purchasing songs from the V CAST Music Store from the phone
get two copies of every song -- one for the phone and one for the
Windows XP PC.
Purchases from the PC cost $0.99 and may be transferred via USB cable
to the phone; purchases from the handset cost $1.99 for both copies.
V CAST Music customers will also be able to purchase entire albums via
their Windows XP PCs; prices vary by album.
One million songs will be available on V CAST Music by spring;
songs will be from artists at major music labels (Warner Music Group,
EMI Music, Universal and Sony/BMG), as well as independent providers
Several V CAST Music-enabled phones will be available at launch,
including the LG VX8100 and the Samsung a950.
V CAST Music launches on January 16, 2006, and will be available
through Verizon Wireless' 1,900 Communications Stores and Circuit City
locations and online.
The V CAST Music Online Store will be located here.