iTunes Competitors Line Up (Samsung, Sprint)

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The Korea Times reports that Samsung is currently in talks with their partners to "debute a service program like iTunes of Apple. Our No. 1 priority is to help customers use our products with ease".

Ironically, Samsung is the company which is supplying Apple with the NAND Flash memory for the iPod nano.

Meanwhile, Sprint Nextel has launched the first US music download service aimed at mobile phone users.

The Sprint Music Store enables Sprint customers to download songs for $2.50/each. Sprint has lined up 250,000 songs from all four major music labels. For $2.50, customers get both a lower-quality phone version as well as the high-quality (WMA) version for their PC.

The pricing of the Sprint service, almost two-a-half-times the 99 cents that iTunes charges for a download, reflects the belief among mobile carriers that consumers will pay a premium to buy music while they are on the move, an assumption some analysts dispute.
Comparisons, of course, are made with the Motorola ROKR iTunes capable phone. As previously reported, Apple does not offer over-the-air iTunes purchasing. Instead, requiring you to copy songs over from your PC or Mac.
 

yoak

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I would love to be able to buy songs on the go.
I was recently in Berlin for a shoot, my wife had the ibook at home. I wanted to buy some new music for the dull nights at the hotel, but with no ibbok there was no way to get them on my ipod.
I found myself fantazising about buying music via my phone, but for 2,5 times the price?
Forget it.
 

Tux Kapono

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People will buy one or two songs at that price for a ring tone, but not more than that. Some companies are a bit too greedy for their own good, hurting their brand name with smart consumers in the process.
 

mkubal

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You'd think for $2.50 each, Sprint would have secured more than a quarter million songs. Surely the record companies would love to give you access to their entire libraries if people (suckers) will buy them for that outrageous price.

I know people are stupid, but I really can't see this going anywhere.
 

longofest

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mkubal said:
You'd think for $2.50 each, Sprint would have secured more than a quarter million songs. Surely the record companies would love to give you access to their entire libraries if people (suckers) will buy them for that outrageous price.

I know people are stupid, but I really can't see this going anywhere.
You really think record companies are seeing most of that 2.50? This isn't like the iTunes Music store, where the record companies get most of the dough. This looks to be Spring/Nextel getting a lot more cash/song, especially since they have to recover costs of using a much more expensive distribution medium.
 

SeaFox

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Comparisons, of course, are made with the Motorola ROKR iTunes capable phone. As previously reported, Apple does not offer over-the-air iTunes purchasing. Instead, requiring you to copy songs over from your PC or Mac.
The mobile carriers all have this shared dillusion that everyone wants to buy music on their phone. The first example they always pull out of their-- hat-- is of a customer hearing a song on the radio and immediately picking up their phone and buying it. Things rarely work like this in the real world. Look at the [lack of] popularity of mobile web browsing. People don't want to fiddle with the phone's keys with content on a screen that is mobile phone sized when it comes to buying music. Going through discographies and typing search terms with a keypad are pains few will want to partake in on a regular basis.
 

PDubNYC

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Tux Kapono said:
People will buy one or two songs at that price for a ring tone, but not more than that. Some companies are a bit too greedy for their own good, hurting their brand name with smart consumers in the process.

I do not believe that you can set purchased songs as your ring tone. Which just makes this an even worse deal.
 

JDOG_

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HAHAHAHAH $2.50/song.

Good luck with that guys.

That puts the cost comparison of an average album to:
~$35 on your phone to $10-18 in the store.
or $9.99 on iTunes. I wouldn't pay another $25 for "convienience."
 

Lertie32

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Mobile Madness

$2.50 ?!?!?!
:eek:
Whatever.

This is so stupid I can't imagine it being successful. :confused:
A) Too expensive
B) Too slow (cell phone download speeds suck)
C) Sound quality (audio out/speaker quality usually is mediocre on cell phones)
D) WHY?
E) Too expensive

Maybe... and I stretch in the interest of objectivity... maybe, somebody (like a previous poster) is traveling, bored in a conversation-less, mac-less, ipod-less environment, or some other occasional circumstance would download a few songs to stay sane. However, I think this is a rare occurrence these days.
:cool:

I've never seen much rationale for lots of different ring tones either. Plus Sprint charges you EACH MONTH (or they used to anyways) for any downloaded ringers. I knew it was a rip-off as soon as I found out about that. I wonder if this has any similar sneaky or repeat fees too.

This is a rip-off in terms of price AND practicality.

Dumb idea. Period.
:(
 

Koodauw

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mainstreetmark said:
Why do they have cause to believe this? Because suckers pay a buck for a ring or something?

I hate people. All of them.

People pay $2 for a 30 second ring tone clip. I'm sure there is a market out there for this, but its not very big.
 

macFanDave

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Send in the clowns!

Don't bother - they're here.

Welcome to the House of Pain, Samsung and Sprint! You are not the first competitors that Apple hasn't chewed up and spit out and you won't be the last. But rest assured -- you will be chewed up and spit out.

Samsung, all that money Apple made you by including your memory in the nano will be blown on this ill-conceived adventure.
 

Superdrive

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Give T-Mobile a nice iTunes style phone and I'll dump Sprint like a bad habit. After going through the Arial->VoiceStream->T-Mobile switch, and after two years, I figured Sprint would be the way to go. If they are going to price me out of the market at $2.50 a pop, I'll switch my number off them before they know it.
 

Object-X

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Scraping for that 25%. :rolleyes:

Just another failed attempt. Why do they even bother? I guess they understand that even at 10% or 15%, it represents a huge profit potential. Of course, Apple will own the market but won't be sued for being a monopoly.
 

eatmocrawfish

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Download Music to My Phone? Yeah Right!

The importance of download speeds is so over-rated! How long could it take to download a song at 14.4kbs? 5 minutes? 10 minutes? My cell phone service is so reliable that, like, there’s little chance my call would be dropped in the middle of a download. In the unlikely event that a song download is interrupted by a drop or important incoming call, a quick call to customer service would have my bill adjusted in a jiffy! Like everyone else, I replace my phone every 18 months – how difficult could it be to transfer my songs to the new phone? (It will probably be as easy as transferring my address book.) I’ll just die if I can’t download songs anytime, anywhere, no matter the cost………..
 

iDM

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Macrumors said:


The Korea Times reports that Samsung is currently in talks with their partners to "debute a service program like iTunes of Apple. Our No. 1 priority is to help customers use our products with ease".

Ironically, Samsung is the company which is supplying Apple with the NAND Flash memory for the iPod nano.

Meanwhile, Sprint Nextel has launched the first US music download service aimed at mobile phone users.

The Sprint Music Store enables Sprint customers to download songs for $2.50/each. Sprint has lined up 250,000 songs from all four major music labels. For $2.50, customers get both a lower-quality phone version as well as the high-quality (WMA) version for their PC.



Comparisons, of course, are made with the Motorola ROKR iTunes capable phone. As previously reported, Apple does not offer over-the-air iTunes purchasing. Instead, requiring you to copy songs over from your PC or Mac.
Nextel you make brick like ugly phones, your features are out of date, your service stinks, and now you are doing another bad business move doing this. People will not pay 2.50 for this service, you guys are nuts and are gonna lose a boat load in advertising this and frankly you deserve it. Yes i know it is the cool thing in urban areas for young adults to do the two-way walkie talkie, but that feature is blown way out of proportion for it's usefulness. The lame coverage areas, fugly phones and the two-way feature will not survive. Apart from business applications the two-way is an overpriced, lame feature and now this music store is gonna bomb. Good luck nextel you are definitely gonna need it.
 

cbigfoot1987

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In their dreams

Especially with nextel you are allready shelling out $100 or more for service why or how could you afford $2.50/song what will a boxset like the u2 boxset cost 3 Million or 4 million???

Just get a life and forget about this sh** and go bankrupt all ready so cingular can buy you!!!
 

Photorun

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Onizuka said:
This story is obviously a joke, guys. I mean, HIGH QUALITY? In WMA?! LMFAO There's no ******* way!
Indeed! WMA? Quality? What are these guys smoking?! I (sadly) just had to use that format for something (reluctantly) and am floored that Windoze lusers put up with such a craptacular format, then again, if people are using a peecee they're already pretty use to a pretty craptacular experience. Once in M$'s championing mediocrity spin cycle sheep will think being fed plate after plate of garbage is tasty.