NEWSFLASH: CANNES, France – At the recently held 3GSM World Congress 2005, Microsoft and Nokia said that they’re going to partner to create a future that’ll let you listen to music any time, any place, and anywhere. Based on the newly launched mobile music solution offered by Nokia and Loudeye Corp. to wireless operators on both Nokia handsets and Windows XP-based PCs, the collaboration includes support on music-oriented Nokia handsets for Windows Media Audio, Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM) 10 and Media Transfer Protocol (MTP), as well as support for Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) digital rights management and the MPEG Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) family of codecs in Windows Media Player via a plug-in.
What’s it all mean?
Well, in micro it means that everyone will be able to listen to everything everywhere via easy device connections and content flow between Nokia handsets and Windows XP-based PCs. In macro? Very possibly that we will be enslaved by a humanoid race of aliens who will demand total fealty to their god: The Britney Spears of Destiny.
Only time will tell on this one.
TIME TELLING (EQ Magazine) – “BlingTones, a division of Lagardere Active, announces the world’s first wireless record label. BlingTones, representing the next level in the completely insane ringtone phenomenon, brings exclusive, original content straight to that phone that you’re always losing. While other ringtone companies provide snippets of previously existing commercial songs, BlingTones has signed hip-hop producers/artists Q-Tip, Rockwilder (Missy Elliot, Jay-Z, DMX), Hi-Tek (Talib Kweli, Snoop Dogg), and more to create original 30-second “songs” available only through BlingTones. Holy Mother of Mary.