LAS VEGAS and BEDMINSTER, NJ ? Fulfilling its promise to expand the V CAST Music catalog by spring, Verizon Wireless announced today from CTIA Wireless 2006 that its customers now have access to more than one million songs through V CAST Music, the world's most comprehensive mobile music service. V CAST Music offers customers the most song choices of any over-the-air music service in the country and demonstrates Verizon Wireless? commitment to meet the needs of customers who want mobile music and the ease of carrying a single device.
John Stratton, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless, said, ?V CAST Music has proven that Americans love to call their music; with a selection of more than one million songs, Verizon Wireless offers more songs for every music taste. Our relationships with the major labels and leading indie providers, such as The Orchard, CD Baby, IODA and DRA, help us offer a V CAST Music catalog as diverse as the American public.?
Also today, Verizon Wireless released its lists of the top 10 downloaded V CAST Music songs in 25 different music genres (see lists below).
Verizon Wireless gives V CAST Music customers exclusive access to songs from today's hottest artists. On the heels of the Fugees history-making outdoor concert in Los Angeles, Verizon Wireless V CAST Music customers can check out the Fugees? newest single ?Wannabe? from their unreleased album exclusively on V CAST Music. The full-length song download of ?Wannabe? makes its debut on Verizon Wireless today ? before it can be heard on the radio or purchased at any Web retailer, music store or other music distribution channel. The exclusive includes the full-length song download, ring tone and ring back tone.
Last month, Verizon Wireless also brought V CAST customers the world premiere of the full-length song, music video, ring tone, ring back tone and more for ?Hips Don't Lie,? the song that marked the unique collaboration of global artists Shakira and Wyclef Jean. The ?Hips Don't Lie? single and other content are available for purchase exclusively on V CAST ? prior to being sold at any Web retailer, music store or other music distribution channel.
V CAST Music from Verizon Wireless lets customers play music on their wireless phones from well-known and independent artists ? the same device they have come to rely upon for entertainment, information and mobile communication. The V CAST Music store lets customers browse, preview, download and play high-quality digital music from their phones or in the Verizon Wireless V CAST Music online store. V CAST Music songs cost $0.99 if purchased from the PC or $1.99 if purchased and downloaded over the air onto a V CAST Music phone.
Available to more than 150 million Americans from coast to coast, V CAST Music runs on Verizon Wireless? broadband network, the most robust, award-winning wireless broadband network in the nation. Customers need a V CAST-enabled phone and a subscription to a V CAST VPak, which is $15.00 monthly access, added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan to access V CAST Music on their phones. Customers interested in managing their music from their PCs in the V CAST Music Online Store can do so without a V CAST VPak.