At the Midem conference in Cannes Omnifone and HP announced a partnership to bring digital music to PCs in ten European countries. Preloaded on HP's Pavilion, Presario and Envy PCs, MusicStation will provide access to approximately 6.5 million tracks from...
Remember the big news yesterday about LG's MusicStation Max handset, which they're working on with Omnifone? You know, the one that you buy, sign up to a monthly contract, and then get unlimited music downloads for the duration of your contract? Pretty cool, eh?
LG has revealed that it'll be the first handset maker to launch a phone with Omnifone's new MusicStation Max service built in. What's that? It involves buying a phone on a monthly contract from an operator, with free, unlimited music downloads bundled into the tariff.
We knew it was coming, but this morning Vodafone went live with MusicStation, the £1.99-a-week music subscription service from Omnifone. They even persuaded Girls Aloud to totter along to the launch and grab the first downloads through the service. It's launching with 1.2 million tracks available, as well as live charts, personalised music news, and social networking features letting users sign up friends and share their playlists.
Here's a corking rumour for you: apparently Research In Motion is teaming up with Omnifone to launch an unlimited music subscription service for BlackBerry devices. The service is expected to launch next month, before rolling out elsewhere in the world. I'm not sure how that fits in with Omnifone's existing deal with Vodafone here in the UK, which is supposed to be exclusive. But it's an intriguing story if true, since it shows how BlackBerry handsets are becoming about far more than business email.
It's safe to assume Vodafone HASN'T got the iPhone, then. The company has announced an exclusive deal with Omnifone to launch the latter's MusicStation subscription service in the UK for Christmas. It'll cost £1.99 a week for unlimited music downloads, with the MusicStation application being preloaded on new Vodafone handsets, but also working with existing phones too (presumably you'll be able to download the application from Vodafone's Live portal).
Cast your mind back a few months, and you might remember our interview with Omnifone, which was planning to steal Apple's mobile music thunder with its own service, called MusicStation.
The great and good of the mobile entertainment industry are currently whooping it up in Monte Carlo at the MEM trade show, which last night hosted the Mobile Entertainment Awards 2007, which rewards the best mobile services.