Verizon Wireless announced at the annual Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it plans to launch its V CAST Music service, starting from January 16, 2006. The V CAST Music service is powered by Windows Media from Microsoft. It will allow customers to download music over the air directly to their wireless phones or Windows XP PCs as well as transfer digital music between the PC and the phone. Customers will be able to browse, preview, download and play high-quality digital music from their phones or online in the Verizon Wireless V CAST Music Store. They will have access to more than one million songs from well-known artists at major music labels such as Warner Music Group, EMI Music, Universal and Sony/BMG, as well as Indie provider. Moreover customers will be able to do dual-download of a song both on the phone and the PC for one price. Purchases from the PC cost $0.99 and can be transferred via USB cable to the phone. Purchases from the handset are more expensive - $1.99 for both copies. Several V CAST Music-enabled phones will be offered at the time of the launch, including the LG VX8100 and the Samsung a950.
Source: Verizon Wireless