Cell service provider Cingular Wireless on Thursday introduced Cingular Music — a new service for users of its cell phones that works using Microsoft’s Windows Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology, making it compatible with music from Napster, Yahoo! Music and other services.
Cingular Music combines eight different menu options — Music Player; Shop Music (which provides links to Napster or Yahoo! Music, depending on the handset); MusicID, a music identification system; Music Videos; Streaming Music (including content from XM Radio); The Buzz, which provides access to Billboard Mobile; Community, including artist fan sites and chat rooms; and Music Apps, which includes access to podcasting and other content.
Cingular Music also integrates with eMusic, the independent music download service that provides content in MP3 format (without DRM attached). Cingular Wireless users who purchase Sony Ericsson W810i or W300i models can “side-load” up to 50 songs from eMusic’s catalog of more than two million tracks.
The service is also offering a partnership with XM Radio Mobile — for $8.99 a month, Cingular subscribers can listen to music that’s broadcast over the satellite radio service, hosted by MobiTV.