Telecom New Zealand consumers with an ear for music can now download the latest tunes with the launch of Telecom’s Music Store for Android devices. The telco is the first operator in New Zealand to launch an Android music store app.
The new app is free (but standard data charges apply) from the Google Play store, allowing customers to easily browse and preview songs, read artist biographies, as well as purchase songs and albums from a catalogue of over a million songs including a great selection of NZ music.
The app was developed in conjunction with US-based Livewire Mobile, which powers Telecom’s successful mobile music store.
Ed Hyde, GM Mobile Product Portfolio for Telecom is excited about the launch of the app saying it provides customers with a mobile phone and music player in one.
“We are proud to be the first carrier in the NZ market to deliver an Android Music Store App. Telecom customers on Android can now purchase, download and listen to songs and have peace of mind knowing that our store is a perfectly legal way to do so. The songs are also digital rights management free and can be played on their other digital media players”
Matthew Stecker, CEO of Livewire Mobile, says: “We are delighted to be able to support Telecom with an outstanding Android app that has already proven a hit with music lovers around the world and is now available to New Zealand.”
The Telecom Music Store for Android has a range of prices for both individual songs and albums. Songs are priced at $1.45, $1.99 or $2.45 and albums are priced at $12.95, $17.99 or $21.99.
Customers will be informed of the cost of each song at time of purchase with a preview option available for each track. All purchases will appear on their Telecom bills (post-paid customers) or be deducted off pre-paid balances. The Telecom Music Store for Android is however not “unmetered”. Standard data charges apply for all browsing and downloading (including downloading the app and previews). The music files vary in size, but are approximately 1 MB per minute – therefore a 4min song would be approximately 4MB in size.
The app, which operates on systems 2.0 and above allows download over Wifi, provided the purchase is completed via the 3G network.
The Telecom Music Store for Android can be downloaded by searching “Telecom Music” in the Google Play store. Customers can also text “droid” to 4263 to receive a link to the store from their mobile.