Tuesday, July 29, 2008

South Korea - unlimited music downloads

Telecoms Offer Unrestricted Music Downloads

The country's three major mobile communications service providers SK Telecom, KTF and LG Telecom are set to boost the music market by showcasing digital rights management-free music files. DRM prevents illegal copying and allows users to listen to paid music services only from devices supporting it.

SK Telecom and KTF both announced the launch of DRM-free products on Tuesday. If people buy music files at their respective sites melon.com and dosirak.com, they can keep, copy or transfer them regardless of the gadget they are using. LG Telecom will launch a similar product in mid-August.

Both SK and KTF offer downloads of 40 DRM-free music files for a monthly fee of W5,000 (US$1=W1,009) and 150 songs for W9,000. The downloaded files can be heard on any device including Apple's iPod or Samsung Electronics’ Yepp.

DRM-free is the global trend. Major online music sites like Apple's iTunes and Amazon have been selling DRM-free music from last year in a bid to maximize customer satisfaction to boost the market.

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