Mobile music distributor and "label" INgrooves partnered with technology provider Emdigo for a new set of 3D artist-based wallpaper images called "Music Screensavers. The next-gen wallpaper images feature animated images of various INgrooves artiss, such as Tila Tequila and Too Short. They also include 15-second audio clips. They will be available in November for $3 each.
Groove Mobile and indie digital distributor The Orchard teamed up to offer a pilot direct-to-consumer full-song mobile music download offer featuring the song "Can't Hold Back" from hip-hop artist Aceyalone. Fans can buy the song for $2, regardless of their carrier affiliation. However they will require a music-capable phone. The track is delivered DRM free.
Virgin Mobile USA introduced a user-generated mobile content serviced called Studio V that, among other things, will allow users to create and share ringtones they make themselves. Subscribers can upload their creations to the Studio V servce and earn cash-reward credits for each time they are downloaded by others. Ringtones can be created using a catalog of pre-cleared audio. Technology partner 9 Track Mind will screen the incoming content to ensure no copyrights are violated.