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#11812 13-Feb-2007 09:16
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Anybody know when Vodafone are going to launch Music Station here?

For those who don't know it will be a flat rate weekly charge with unlimited music - stop paying and you lose the songs similair to the business model used by Rhapsody.




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  #60716 13-Feb-2007 21:33

Are you referring to Vodafone Music DJ as Vodafone UK has launched? Or is this something different

edit: my bad, MusicStation run by omniphone, 1.99pounds a week for music sounds like a good service to me. I am unsure if it will reach NZ though.. Vodafone UK has a similar service MusicDJ which is 7.50pounds a week to create your own 'radio station' which my be more likely to come here



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  #60749 14-Feb-2007 11:05
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cranz: Are you referring to Vodafone Music DJ as Vodafone UK has launched? Or is this something different

edit: my bad, MusicStation run by omniphone, 1.99pounds a week for music sounds like a good service to me. I am unsure if it will reach NZ though.. Vodafone UK has a similar service MusicDJ which is 7.50pounds a week to create your own 'radio station' which my be more likely to come here


Yip Omniphone music station. It's quite different to MusicDJ which is just a 'radio station' whereas MucisStation is a subscription music download service with a weekly charge for as much music as you can handle. Stop paying the fee however and you can't play the music any longer.

It's coming to Vodafone NZ, the unanswered question is just when this will happen and whether Vodafone's Live! firmware will be able to handle this as is or whether it will be something for newer phones only.


 
 
 
 


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  #60750 14-Feb-2007 11:23

Interesting, it depends on how it works. A quick read of the site would lead me to believe that newer generation 3G handsets should be able to support this.. I don't understand how the rights would work on it though? if you stop your weekly sub the tracks stop playing? Does this mean it will update liscence keys weekly

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#60752 14-Feb-2007 11:27
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This subscription model is already in place for other platforms, including the Zune and MTV's Urge. You stop paying, the songs stop playing. The player check with a license server every time.





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freitasm: This subscription model is already in place for other platforms, including the Zune and MTV's Urge. You stop paying, the songs stop playing. The player check with a license server every time.



I quite like the sound of this, because it doesn't leave people with the illusion that they 'own' their music in the same way that conventional DRM systems do.

If you want to switch to a different electronic media platform, then you may lose access to all of your existing content, but you immediately gain access to everything that the new provider has to offer. Contrast this with existing offers where, for example, switching from the iTunes platform to the Windows Media platform would require you to buy all of your music all over again.



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  #60773 14-Feb-2007 13:50
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I think the concept of a subscription service is great as well, particularly with players now that have such a large capacity. IMHO it does remove some of the complaints that people have with DRM.

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  #75966 26-Jun-2007 12:51
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Just adding a bit to this (old) discussion... Today I found and posted in my blog something about a press release where Omnifone says "As well as Sweden, Omnifone confirms it has now entered into partnerships with 30 mobile operators with networks in the following territories: Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, ..."





 
 
 
 


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  #76140 27-Jun-2007 18:57
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freitasm: This subscription model is already in place for other platforms, including the Zune and MTV's Urge. You stop paying, the songs stop playing. The player check with a license server every time.


So I'd guess that means no songs when out of coverage?




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  #86364 12-Sep-2007 09:03

And just to confirm (if only because the thread headline is somewhat startling... need to clean my keyboard now), Vodafone is not closing down the music store. The Vodafone Music Store is the country's biggest seller of music singles, be it digital or real world. With over 700,000 tracks on offer we're now extending into albums, videos and ring tones.

The bit I like is that we dual deliver - so you get a copy on your mobile immediately AND you get one back at base on your computer as back-up. Bought a new handset? Just copy the files across. Nice.

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#86365 12-Sep-2007 09:06
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A few months ago I wrote a blog entry about an Omnifone press release where they say they had signed contracts with operators around the world, including New Zealand. So I guess you are not closing the Vodafone Music Store here, but if Vodafone Group PLC sends down someting saying "look, you guys have to rent the music, not sell it" then we can only believe Vodafone NZ would do it, right?

I mean, Vodafone Music Store was working in the UK, but they jumped to Omnifone...





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  #86366 12-Sep-2007 09:16

Not sure the group setup works quite like that - all I know is the VMS in NZ is the number one store in the land and nobody has any intentions of changing it. Why fix what isn't broken?

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  #86369 12-Sep-2007 09:49
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PaulBrislen: Not sure the group setup works quite like that - all I know is the VMS in NZ is the number one store in the land and nobody has any intentions of changing it. Why fix what isn't broken?

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That's a good point however and in terms of the entire group NZ would be unique. In virtually all of Europe nobody comes close to iTunes and I bet the NZ would be the only country where the Music Store is any more than a small niche player.




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  #86372 12-Sep-2007 10:02
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I'd use itunes before VMS, having said that... I'd use any subscription-based "all you can eat" before itunes' per-song/per-album access.




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  #86373 12-Sep-2007 10:04

Really? I'd rather know I own my music than have some company rent it to me, potentially go belly up and cease giving me the "right" to music on my harddrive...

each to their own. It would be boring if we were all the same.

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