Apple have revealed that their iTunes digital music storefront has hit another significant milestone, passing 25 billion song sales since it first opened for business a decade ago. Working out at roughly 15,000 purchases a minute, the 25 billionth purchase…
Though still in the beta stages, MSN are looking to launch both a download store and streaming service.
In some ways this should be no surprise as over the past couple of years 7Digital has been establishing itself as a solid alternative to the likes of iTunes and Amazon, especially by offering tracks as MP3s without any DRM. It has also struck innovative deals with companies like Last FM, Spotify and Songbird.
RIM continues on its mission to get down and funky with the consumers by offering some music for people to listen to on their QWERTYful phones. The tunes come courtesy of UK company 7Digital and their catalogue of 6 million tracks which will be available from 79p each on over-the-air download straight to your mobile.
Albums will cost you £7.99 but the frightening words spoken are that “most” of the tracks will be DRM free. Most? Most? When did 7Digital get into the DRM game and why?
The access will be as a downloadable app from the BlackBerry App World after which you’ll be able to browse 7Dig’s library provided you live in the UK, US, Canada, France, Italy, Germany or Spain.
For a closer inspection of App World, take a look at our app store comparison
BlackBerry App World | 7Digital
All Philips GoGear customers who’ve been laughed at by their mates with big shiny iPod Touches can now have the last giggle, or at least the latest one anyway. Philips has announced a deal with Napster such that all GoGear users will now have access to Napster’s PC service and full list of 640,000 albums from 540,000 artists for absolutely zip.
Additionally, if you happen to be the owner of a GoGear Opus, Ariaz or Vibe you’ll also get 30 days free access to the Napster To Go portable subscription service which would normally work out at £14.95 per month. Sure, a month’s grace isn’t a lot to play with but at the least you do get 90 ad free radio stations and recommendation software to play with as well as the on the hoof access as opposed to PC side-loading only.
It’s hard to work out exactly how good this all actually is given that a) it’s DRMed up to the hilt and b) there’s a lot of free music services out there anyway but I don’t suppose you can really argue with a sudden 10,000 folding of your effective music collection for both your mp3 player and home.
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