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AT&T launches DRM-free eMusic Mobile

updated 08:30 am EDT, Tue July 31, 2007

ATT eMusic Mobile

AT&T today rolled out eMusic Mobile, one of the first cellphone music stores to drop copy protection from its songs. As with eMusic's normal computer-only store and supporting previous leaks, songs are purchased in the unrestricted MP3 format rather than locked-down WMA or store-specific files. The freedom lets owners copy songs off the phone to other devices, including iPods and other portable media players; customers also get rights to download a second copy on their computer regardless of what will be with the mobile tracks. Opening the store also gives AT&T the largest mobile music catalog in the US at more than 2.7 million songs, according to the carrier.

The service currently requires a custom program that lets users browse, preview, and download songs. Phones that can run the software to date are the Samsung A717 and A727; the Nokia N75 and Samsung Sync also have updates available to support the online store. AT&T's service contrasts with the regular eMusic store in focusing on purchasing small blocks of songs and charges $7.49 per month for five downloads, with further downloads available in additional packs of five for the same price.

The service is the first direct-download music store from AT&T and notably omits the iPhone, which includes neither the support for third-party software nor the 3G wireless access used to speed downloads on the supported phones. Apple has so far announced no plans for a mobile iTunes service and is only compatible with eMusic through computer downloads, which must first be imported into iTunes.

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  1. bobolicious

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2002


    Now perhaps let's drop

    ... protection from the iPhone ?

  1. cmoney

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2000


    how is that related?

    just out of curiousity, i don't see the connection. are you talking about how the iphone doesn't have an SDK? cause it also doesn't have 3G which would make this pretty sucky.

    actually, the real problem is that the iphone can't save files it downloads. you can get music now with seeqpod and it works fine except you can't save it.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2005


    Looks like Compeq...

    ...will be losing that contract just as fast as it 'won' it, if it doesn't zip it.

    'Compeq'? Nice to see that this culture can't come up with a single original thought...

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