Japan's second largest mobile operator KDDI said yesterday (Oct. 13) that it will launch the country's first mobile phone-based full-song download service at the end of November.

Japan's second largest mobile operator KDDI said yesterday (Oct. 13) that it will launch the country's first mobile phone-based full-song download service at the end of November.

At launch, the service, called "Chaku-uta Full," will feature some 10,000 MP3-encoded songs. Users will be able to listen to downloaded songs through through headphones or via stereo speakers included in KDDI's CDMA 1X WIN 3rd-generation mobile phones. Details concerning content, pricing and security were not available at press time.

KDDI launched Japan's first ring tunes in December 2002 and now claims to average 6 million to 7 million downloads per month.

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