Verizon held a news conference to preannounce its new wireless music store called V Cast Music. Starting Jan. 16, Verizon customers who subscribe to the $15-a-month V Cast data plan will be able to buy songs through the air for $1.99 and download them through the air to their phone and have a second copy sent to their Windows XP machine. Strangely, you are able to download a song at home for $.99, and legally and technically transfer the file to your cell phone via USB.
The music store uses Microsoft's Windows Media encryption to control the users rights, but executives said the liberal transfer policy to the phone and from the phone should make users happy.
By spring, more than a million songs will be available. Users will have to purchase a new phone, but the new phones are compatible with new sandisk memory cards that can increase your capacity to 2 GB or 4 GB, leaving lots of room to place music or videos.