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…
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’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).
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