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  1. AT&T Revamps Mobile Music Services

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wireless operator AT&T is revamping its entire mobile music offerings by merging several new and existing services into a single application called AT&T Music. The move combines applications like Music ID, streaming radio services, lyrics ...

  2. RealNetworks, Sprint Forge Mobile Music Deal

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST RealNetworks may have unloaded the struggling Rhapsody streaming music service, but that doesn't mean the company is out of the music business. RealNetworks just struck a deal with wireless operator Sprint to provide a variety of music servic ...

  3. Japan To Tackle Music Piracy On Cell Phones

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The telecom and music industry bodies in Japan will reportedly implement a system to automatically check cell phone Web sites for illegal music files, in order to prevent the files from being uploaded or downloaded in breach of copyright law. The ...

  4. Hong Kong First To Get New Omnifone Unlimited Service

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Omnifone is launching its interoperable unlimited music service for PC users in Hong Kong, where it has partnered with mobile network 3. London-based Omnifone, which powers unlimited services around the world for companies including Sony Ericsson, ...

  5. Mobile Operator Cricket, LiveWire Mobile Ready Service

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mobile operator Cricket is teaming up with LiveWire Mobile to launch an over the-air music download service. The mobile music store charges $2 for tracks downloaded directly to the mobile phone, and 99-cents for those purchased from the computer. ...

  6. CTIA Day 1: Mobile Social Networking, Off-deck Sales

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment trade show kicked off today in San Francisco. The event runs Sept. 10 - 12. Below, a round-up of music mobile news. - Mobile social networking is emerging as a key area of interest for both content provid ...

  7. Japanese Labels Deny Master-Ringtone Monopoly

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Four Japanese labels have filed lawsuits seeking nullification of a July 24 ruling by the government's Fair Trade Commission that they violated the Antimonopoly Law by allegedly preventing other companies from entering the master-ringtone bus ...

  8. Plugged And Unplugged: Ringback Tones, Billy Bragg, Bebo

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged Ringback tones never really blew my skirt up. After the saturation of ringtones, I felt they were just another "me too" application that would just annoy a market already prepping for a backlash against ringtones. That, coupled w ...

  9. Omnifone, LG In Deal For Unlimited Music Phone

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST As expected, U.K.-based music download company Omnifone has signed LG Electronics on to make the first mobile phones that will feature its MusicStation Max unlimited mobile music service. With MusicStation Max mobile service and the new pre-licens ...

  10. Sony, KDDI Team Download Project

    October 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony and KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile-phone operator, are joining forces to launch a new music-download service that will allow mobile users to copy onto digital music players tracks they've downloaded from the Internet and stored ...

  11. KDDI Boasts 150M LISMO Download Sales

    October 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, said that a total of 150 million songs had been downloaded via its LISMO Music Store download service as of Oct. 2. LISMO Music Store, which launched in November 2004 as a mobile-based download se ...

  12. MyMTV Mobile SNS Goes Live In Japan

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Viacom International Japan K.K., a 100%-owned subsidiary of music-TV service MTV Networks, has today launched Japan's first mobile entertainment social-networking service. The myMTV service claims to be the first in the country to use a downl ...

  13. Japan's KDDI Plans U.S. Launch

    April 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Japanese wireless operator KDDI is planning to launch service in the U.S. The company will lease Sprint's network to offer its service to Japanese residents of the U.S., and later offer prepaid services for visiting tourists, according to a J ...

  14. Label Mobile Rolls Out Clips On NTT DoCoMo

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Label Mobile, a mobile-content provider owned by leading Japan record labels, said today that it has launched a music video-clip service on NTT DoCoMo, Japan's biggest mobile carrier. The videos, which can viewed as full-length tracks or as v ...

  15. Gracenote Develops Mobile Toolkit

    February 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Gracenote has introduced a "mobile music solution suite" toolkit designed to provide a range of software options for most mobile music applications developed by wireless operators, phone manufacturers and content providers. The software ...

  16. Napster Japan Rolls Out KDDI Services

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Napster Japan has launched master ringtone and full-song download services on No. 2 Japanese telecom KDDI's "Ezweb" mobile Internet interface. The deal with KDDI, which boasts some 20 million subscribers, brings the total number of ...

  17. Universal Germany Preps Vybemobile Launch

    September 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Germany and E-Plus, the German mobile arm of Dutch telecoms group KPN, will on Oct. 2 launch Vybemobile, described as Germany's first combined "phone and music" brand targeted at mobil Universal Music Germany and E-P ...

  18. Nielsen Mobile, Verizon Wireless Sign Data Pact

    September 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Deal covers ring tones, ringback tones, downloads. Nielsen Mobile, a division of Nielsen Entertainment, has added Verizon Wireless as a data provider. Verizon will supply weekly ring tones, ringback tones, and full-length over-the-air music downlo ...

  19. NTT DoCoMo To Launch Music Channel

    August 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Multi-media music service goes live Aug. 31. NTT DoCoMo, Inc., the Japanese giant wireless carrier, is launching a High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) service on Aug. 31, in time for the company's new multi-media music service. The move ...

  20. HMV U.K. To Sell Mobile Phone Handsets

    August 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT HMV, the U.K. music retail chain, is for the first time going to sell mobile phone contracts and devices from this weekend (Aug. 5). The move is part of its strategy to enhance digital music services. HMV, the U.K. music retail chain, is for the f ...

  21. NTT DoCoMo Presses Button On Mobile Downloads

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Full-track downloads launch on Panasonic device. NTT DoCoMo today (June 7) became the third Japanese telecom to offer mobile-based full-song downloads. DoCoMo says the service will initially be available only on the new Panasonic P902iS FOMA 3G ha ...

  22. NTT DoCoMo Presses Button On Mobile Downloads

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT NTT DoCoMo today (June 7) became the third Japanese telecom to offer mobile-based full-song downloads. NTT DoCoMo today (June 7) became the third Japanese telecom to offer mobile-based full-song downloads. DoCoMo says the service will initially be ...

  23. Cingular Wireless Introduces Ringback Service

    June 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Becomes last major U.S. carrier to do so. Cingular Wireless at long last has introduced a ringback tones service, becoming the last major U.S. wireless carrier to do so. Dubbed Answer Tones, the Cingular service allows subscribers to replace the s ...

  24. Japan's KDDI Readies Sony Walkman Mobile

    May 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Handset will store 500 songs. KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, is to launch in June a mobile handset with a built-in Sony Walkman music player capable of storing some 500 songs. The Walkman Keitai W42S handset, which KDDI develop ...

  25. KDDI To Launch Full-Track Download Site

    April 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Japan's KDDI is set to become the country's first telecom to launch a Web site featuring full-length tracks and master ringtones that can be downloaded onto personal computers. Japan's KDDI is set to become the country's first ...

  26. Bacardi Raises Spirits With Mobile Mixes

    April 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Spirits giant Bacardi is further extending its brand into music through a new mobile/Internet radio initiative. Executives from the rum specialist pressed the button this morning (April 6) on its new Spirits giant Bacardi is further extending its ...

  27. Bacardi Raises Spirits With Mobile Mixes

    April 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Spirits giant Bacardi is further extending its brand into music through a new mobile/Internet radio initiative. Executives from the rum specialist pressed the button this morning (April 6) on its new Spirits giant Bacardi is further extending its ...

  28. Boost Mobile Launches Ringback Tone Service

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Service similar to offerings from T-Mobile, Verizon. Boost Mobile, a wireless operator subsidiary of Sprint-Nextel focused on the youth market, has launched a ringback tone service called Boost Call Tones. Like other ringback tone offerings from T ...

  29. Japan's Chaku-uta Surpasses 30M Download Milestone

    January 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, says that its Chaku-uta Full music download service had racked up sales of 30 million songs as of Dec. 28. KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, says that its Chaku-uta Full music dow ...

  30. Warner Japan, KDDI Offer Mobile Music Bundles

    December 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Japan and leading Japanese telecom operator KDDI on Thursday (Dec. 1) launched what they jointly-describe as the world's first "mobile music bundle," comprising a package of audio, video, Warner Music Japan and leading ...

  31. KDDI Racks Up 20 Million Tracks

    October 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, said that as of Sept. 28, its Chaku-uta Full mobile-music download service had sold 20 million songs. The number of tracks downloaded has doubled since J KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile o ...

  32. KDDI Racks Up 20 Million Tracks

    October 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Japan's wireless operator offers full downloads. KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, said that as of Sept. 28, its Chaku-uta Full mobile-music download service had racked up sales of 20 million songs. The number of tracks downl ...

  33. KDDI Reaches 10M Mobile Download Milestone

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Japanese service launched November 2004. KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, says that its Chaku-uta Full mobile-based full-song download service had racked up 10 million downloads as of June 15. Chaku-uta Full, which launched Nov. ...

  34. KDDI Reaches 10M Mobile Download Milestone

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, says that its Chaku-uta Full mobile-based full-song download service had racked up 10 million downloads as of June 15. KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, says that its Chaku-uta Fu ...

  35. MTV In 'Flux' With Landmark Digital Initiative

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks unveiled today (June 2) what it calls "the world's first mobile entertainment community." Dubbed Flux, the service will be launched in Japan on June 30 and in other markets worldwide in t MTV Networks unveiled today (Ju ...

  36. MTV In 'Flux' With Landmark Digital Initiative

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks unveiled today (June 2) what it calls "the world's first mobile entertainment community." Dubbed Flux, the service will be launched in Japan on June 30 and in other markets worldwide in t MTV Networks unveiled today (Ju ...

  37. Japan's KDDI Strikes Download Milestone

    February 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, said yesterday (Feb. 8) that its Chaku-uta Full mobile-based full-song download service had racked up 2 million downloads as of Feb. 5. KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, said yest ...

  38. Japan's KDDI Strikes Download Milestone

    February 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, said yesterday (Feb. 8) that its Chaku-uta Full mobile-based full-song download service had racked up 2 million downloads as of Feb. 5. KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, said yest ...

  39. Music Choice, Sprint Team For Phone Streams

    December 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST Music Choice and Sprint are launching a music service that allows mobile phone users to view short videoclips and listen to radio-like programming on their handsets. Music Choice and Sprint are launching a music service that allows mobile phone us ...

  40. Music Choice, Sprint Team For Phone Streams

    December 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST Music Choice and Sprint are launching a music service that allows mobile phone users to view short videoclips and listen to radio-like programming on their handsets. Music Choice and Sprint are launching a music service that allows mobile phone us ...

  41. Verizon Launches U.S. Ringbacks

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Verizon Wireless has become the first major U.S. carrier to launch ringback tones, which are music clips that replace the standard ringing sound callers hear. Verizon Wireless has become the first major U.S. carrier to launch ringback tones, which ...

  42. Japan's KDDI Moves On Mobile Downloads

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 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 yest ...

  43. Japan's KDDI Moves On Mobile Downloads

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 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 yest ...

  44. NTT To Bow Music-Recognition Service In Japan

    September 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT NTT Resonant, a subsidiary of Japanese telecom giant NTT Group, is planning to test a music-recognition service for mobile phones in Japan. NTT Resonant, a subsidiary of Japanese telecom giant NTT Group, is planning to test a music-recognition ser ...

  45. NTT To Bow Music-Recognition Service In Japan

    September 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT NTT Resonant, a subsidiary of Japanese telecom giant NTT Group, is planning to test a music-recognition service for mobile phones in Japan. NTT Resonant, a subsidiary of Japanese telecom giant NTT Group, is planning to test a music-recognition ser ...

  46. Uni Mobile Signs Multimedia Pact With Alcatel

    February 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Mobile, a division of Universal Music International (UMI), has joined forces with French communications company Alcatel to develop a third-generation (3G) mobile multimedia service. Universal Mobile, a division of Universal Music Interna ...

  47. Muzicall Plans To Offer Mobile Playback Tones

    February 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Two of the major labels and several independents are in talks to supply content to new mobile-music service provider Muzicall. The U.K.-based start-up, which launched yesterday (Feb. 10), is led by CE Two of the major labels and several independen ...

  48. Muzicall Plans To Offer Mobile Playback Tones

    February 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Two of the major labels and several independents are in talks to supply content to new mobile-music service provider Muzicall. The U.K.-based start-up, which launched yesterday (Feb. 10), is led by CE Two of the major labels and several independen ...