Motorola Signs Up Universal for iRadio


Yes, iRadio is still alive and is supposed to launch in Q1 next year…Motorola, which is launching the service, has signed up Universal Music Group…The label, which has performers such as Eminem and Mariah Carey in its catalog, is the first to make its music available for the Motorola service, which will cost about $7 a month in subscription fees.

It expects to kick off the service with a phone that has storage for about 70 hours of music, going on sale with at least one U.S. carrier. The service will include commercial-free music and talk stations that can be downloaded from computers to mobile phones and played on the phone, on car stereos or on home stereos, for possibly one-time use. It will also allow users to transfer their own music collections to the phone.

In an attempt to allay fears of network operators, Moto is emphasizing that the service could compliment rather than compete with wireless music download services that operator are planning.

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