Music retailer Trans World Entertainment today (Oct. 11) launched a digital-music service complete with à la carte downloads and subscriptions. The store, dubbed "FYE Download Zone," is accessibl
Music retailer Trans World Entertainment today (Oct. 11) launched a digital-music service complete with à la carte downloads and subscriptions. The store, dubbed "FYE Download Zone," is accessible within the "Digital Media Mall" of Microsoft's Windows Media Player 10.
FYE, which offers more than 1 million digital tracks supplied by MusicNet, is selling downloads for 99 cents apiece. The tracks can be transferred to more than 70 Windows Media-compatible MP3 players and other devices. The $14.99 per-month subscription service allows users to take their tracks portable with devices that support Microsoft Windows Media digital rights management 10 or Janus.
"With over 800 stores nationwide, Trans World is committed to being a premier destination for entertainment media, and we are proud to join Microsoft in offering a service fully integrated with Windows Media Player 10," says Trans World chairman/CEO Robert J. Higgins in a statement.
FYE will also kick off a pilot digital retail program with in-store CD-burning and redeemable download cards in four stores later this year.
The announcement comes on the same day that MSN Music Service makes its official launch.
Trans World operates more than 850 stores, primarily under the FYE brand, in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The company also operates locations under the names Coconuts Music and Movies, Strawberries Music, Wherehouse, CD World, Spec's and Planet Music.