Tag: DRM

TELUS Offer OTA DRM-Free Music to Canadians

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TELUS have announced they now offer over-the-air DRM-free music tracks to Canadians. Their catalog has over 2.5 million tracks including both Anglo and Francophone artists. The tracks are available right from your device, and the following BlackBerrys are supported:

  • BlackBerry Storm2
  • BlackBerry Tour
  • BlackBerry Storm
  • BlackBerry Pearl Flip
  • BlackBerry Curve 8330
  • BlackBerry Curve 8530

The part of the program that I don’t fully understand is their “DRM-Free upgrade offer”. TELUS are offering users to “upgrade” eligible DRM files to become DRM-Free. This service costs 30 cents per trade with a bulk upgrade available. I guess this is helpful for users who are on iTunes, Yahoo! etc and want to move their music around, but I’m under the impression these services all offer premium DRM-free anyways.

Gracenote to rock your BlackBerry’s music files

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After stumbling on a story about a recent Sony acquisition, I learned about Gracenote, which does a lot of work with digital music files, and apparently plays nice with BlackBerry. Back in the day I used to use Winamp which used Gracenote’s CDDB system to gather up information like album and genre to tack onto my files. You might remember hearing about Sony Ericsson’s TrackID program, which recognizes music that you just hold your phone close to, and is clearly powered by Gracenote. iTunes will be a great converging point for Gracenote and the BlackBerry Bold, but I’m really hopeful to see the other services Gracenote offers, like lyrics lookup, music discovery, and handsfree music navigation. Around CES time, it sounded like RIM was being troublesome about getting the service onto BlackBerrys, but I think it’s safe to say everyone would love to have this software preloaded on every device.

Puretracks Mobile Edition: DRM-free music

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Puretracks logoThere’s a new music store coming from Puretracks on April 1st. called Puretracks Mobile Edition, which will offer 64kbs AAC music without any DRM whatsoever. The AAC format they’re using gets roughly twice the quality at half the size of MP3, so the music will be approximately the equivalent of a 128kbs MP3. Not enough for audiophiles, perhaps, but probably good enough for the rest of us. There’s no indication of pricing yet, but they did say they’ll be releasing Wi-Fi capability for the service later on.

Next-gen Curve pics leaked, we were right

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BlackBerry 8320Between today’s iPhone release à la Second Coming and a predictably stellar Q1 performance review by RIM, finding fresh news this morning has been tough. With some diligent forum lurking though, we’ve got a juicy tidbit from Pinstack’s hayden. Word has it a Wi-Fi capable BlackBerry 8320 will be hitting the streets in September on T-Mobile and packing a 3.2 megapixel camera akin to the rumored Pearl 2‘s.

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