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Vodafone Tries To Answer the iPhone With “Free” Music, Sort Of

Vodafone UK has been pushing mobile music hard as it builds up its holiday sales efforts, with its handset lineup offering a lot of music-centric devices, while it also announced its MusicStation service. MusicStation, powered by Omnifone, embodies the much-talked-about “jukebox in the sky” concept. For 2 pounds a week, Vodafone customers have unlimited access […]

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Universal’s Free, Ad-Supported Music Downloads Have Quite The Hill To Climb

Universal Music has announced it will work with a startup called SpiralFrog to make its catalog available for free, via an ad-supported service. This is the kind of radical change the recording industry’s business model needs, so kudos to Universal for being the first to try something different. That said, I’m pretty skeptical of this […]

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Well, That’s Certainly One Way To Do Mobile Music

Well, That’s Certainly One Way To Do Mobile Music

Geriatric rockers The Rolling Stones have hopped on board the mobile music train — sort of. Through a service called Listen Live Now!, fans will be able to listen live to their concert today in Paris via their mobile phones. And when I say via their mobile phones, I don’t mean some sort of streaming […]

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Is This The Dawn Of DRM-Free Music From Major Labels?

Is This The Dawn Of DRM-Free Music From Major Labels?

Yahoo’s been getting a lot of attention this week because they’re selling a Jessica Simpson single for download. It’s not just any single, though, there’s hundreds of customized versions of the track, and users can download the one that’s got their name in it. But that’s not what’s generating all the interest — the big […]

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Who Needs A Ringtone To Tell Them A Call Has Ended?

On Friday, I mentioned how record labels are chronically unable to innovate, particularly when it comes to mobile music, beyond devising attempts to get people to pay for the same content over and over. Here some wonderful examples from a Reuters story on the music industry’s (misguided) high hopes for mobile: Within a matter of […]

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