four-wheelers need another reason to stop paying attention to the road, but two
partnerships in the technology world will soon bring more entertainment and
information choices to mobile phones.
company Napster announced Wednesday, June 15, its partnership with LM Ericsson,
the Swedish half of mobile phone provider Sony Ericsson, to bring its Napster
download service to the wireless world.
technical and financial specifics of the plan have not been announced, the
service would allow cell phone users to download entire songs and albums onto
their MP3-equipped phones and other wireless handheld devices.
According to The
Associated Press, the service would initially be offered in select markets
in Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America, and should start appearing in
wireless service providers’ plans within the next 12 months.
Napster are uniquely suited to offer mobile operators a simple, cohesive and
personalized digital music experience for their consumers,” Napster chairman
and CEO Chris Gorog said in a press release.
Napster made its
first mark on the music world in the late ’90s, when founder Shawn Fanning
released a software program that could download music – both legal and illegal
– quickly and easily over the Internet.
The software was
shut down in July 2001, after accusations of copyright infractions by the
Recording Industry Association of America, but not before sparking the
peer-to-peer (P2P) downloading revolution that has caused the recording
industry to rethink its business model.
reemerged as a legal pay download service, charging $9.95 per month to download
an unlimited number of songs. Napster’s new incarnation has been moderately
successful, but trails a distant second in sales to Apple Computer’s iTunes
Music Store, thanks to the success of the iPod, which is incompatible with the
Apple also made a
move into the mobile market this week, announcing its partnership with mobile
manufacturing giant Nokia. The pair plans to bring a new high-tech Web browser
to its Series 60 cell phones. The browser will use open-source technology –
code distributed free in the programming community – from Apple’s own Safari