Interested in the buying some $1.99 tracks from Vodafone's Music Store, but not sure what you'll get for your money?
Here's the nitty-gritty, by Vodafone spokeswoman Sarah Rogan who answered some Geekzone questions about the mobile operator's music service. If you have any further questions, post them in the comments section and we'll ask Vodafone for you. GZ questions in italics.
What bit and sampling rates are the tracks recorded in, for both mobiles and computers?
Playback rate: PC 128kbs, Mobile 64kbps.
Are there any DRM restrictions on the PC tracks? What about the mobile phone ones? Can customers move them to a new handset for instance?
Users can only use on the PC which the track was downloaded on. In addition, they can burn to CD up to three times and copy to mobile devices up to three times.
What size are the tracks for mobiles and computers?
Each track is a different size, depending on the length.
What format are the PC tracks?
Windows Media Player.
Which handsets can be used for buying and listening to music?
3G handsets that are Vodafone live! compatible.
Do customers need any particular software on their computers, or can they just use whatever media player they have? Will the tracks play back on both Windows and Mac OS X? What about Open Source operating systems?
Only PC users running MS Windows 2000 or later, Internet Explorer 6 or later and Media Player 9 or later are able to buy content for their PC. However, other users will still be able to buy full track music for their handsets, if the handset is compatible. Also, anyone can buy ringtones if their handset is compatible.