The number of sources for digital music seems to grow with every passing day, which can only be a good thing for consumers. It causes existing providers, such as T-Mobile's Mobile Jukebox service, to up their game.
For the first time users will be able to access and download full albums to their mobile phone handsets – at the same time as getting another copy sent to their home PC. These 'dual downloads' start from £6 for a full album.
In an effort to get you interested T-Mobile are also offering you a 'free' album... but only if you sign-up to or renew a T-Mobile phone contract. So not exactly 'free', we'd politely argue.
Nevertheless the dual download system is a clever one. As your handset receives the AAC format music your PC receives the file in WMA form. Why the different formats? We're not sure.
Even better, if you lose your phone you won't lose your music – all your purchased are automatically stored at T-Mobile's 'My Music' web page.
Gareth Williams, UK Entertainment Manager at T-Mobile said: “We’ll have a huge variety of albums available, from top ten bands such as Coldplay and The Ting Tings, to up and coming new artists.
The next generation of music fans want to be able to download a song or album the moment they hear it and Mobile Jukebox allows customers to do that.”