Verizon Wireless, Rhapsody (RealNetworks) and MTV Networks launch V CAST Music with Rhapsody.
V CAST Music with Rhapsody delivers unlimited monthly access to music on up to three Rhapsody-compatible mobile phones and players and online on multiple PCs and Web browsers, for about the cost of a single CD. In addition, customers who purchase music over-the-air are able to download the master copy of the songs or albums to their PCs free of digital rights management (DRM) software that restricts how and where music can be played.
With V CAST Music with Rhapsody, Verizon Wireless customers are still able to purchase songs over-the-air within the V CAST coverage area for $1.99 and get two copies of the song: the first for their phones, the second for their PCs in the DRM-free MP3 format.
Verizon Wireless customers who simply want to manage or buy music can download the V CAST Music with Rhapsody software for free at www.verizonwireless.com/music. Customers interested in a subscription may sign up for $14.99 monthly subscription online or by visiting a Verizon Wireless Communications Store.
V CAST Music with Rhapsody will be available on the marquee V CAST Music with Rhapsody device, the LG Chocolate 3, when the phone becomes available in July; the service is also available today on select phones, including the LG Decoy and LG Dare; MOTO W755; Samsung SCH-u550, Samsung Glyde and Samsung Juke. Customers using the MOTORIZR Z6tv, MOTORAZR² V9m or LG VX8700 may bring their phones into a Verizon Wireless Communications Store to receive a free software upgrade on their phones to access the service.
Pictured from left to right: Rob Glaser, chairman and CEO, RealNetworks, Inc., John Stratton, EVP and CMO, Verizon, Van Toffler, president, MTV Networks Music/Logo/Films Group