Included as part of the Power Vision plan on new Sprint phones, the Groove Mobile music store allows users to purchase and download songs with nothing more than their mobile phone.
Hear a song at the mall and can’t wait until you can get to a PC to own your very own copy of it? Well, this music store is your ticket to instant music, no PC required But you’ll pay the price in more than one way.
The Sprint Power Vision music store powered by Groove Mobile puts approximately 400,000 songs at your finger tips whenever you have your Sprint Power Vision phone. Using the Music application built into the phone you can browse and play music available for sale as well as the music already purchased and downloaded to your phone The music player on Sprint Power Vision phones is surprisingly powerful In addition to playing songs in its native format, it can play MP3s and non-DRM’d AAC and AAC+ files.
Once you find a song you like, you can hear a thirty second clip of it to make sure it’s really what you want Then there’s a purchase button You don’t need to enter payment information since you’re just billed along with your Sprint phone bill This makes the purchase a one-click affair.
The songs download as soon as they’re purchased The come down surprisingly fast for a phone Nothing I’ve purchased has taken longer than a minute to download and start playing right there on my phone.
With the purchase of a song in phone format, you’re also entitled to download the song to your PC Simply visit www.sprint.com/musicstore and log in with your phone number and password You’ll see a list of all the songs you’ve purchased and never downloaded Click the button and down comes the song.
PC versions of the songs from the Spring Power Vision music store are Windows Media Video files They are sampled at 128 kbps just like the songs on iTunes The first time they are loaded by Windows Media Player they phone home to obtain the necessary license to play the songs All in all the PC versions of the music sound good and are easy to use
You can also use Windows Media Player 10 to transfer music purchased from the Sprint Music Store to portable devices that are compatible with WMP 10.
Now comes the down side As excited as I am to buy music on the go, I’m not ready to pay $2.50 plus tax per song No wonder there isn’t a Buy Album button It’d cost me $25 to buy a typical album with 10 songs on it!
Sprint defends their pricing by stating that for the money you get the song for your phone and for your PC But, wait a minute It’s still just the same song It’s not like I have to pay double the price on iTunes to have a song play on my PC and on my iPod But I am dependent on a PC to get that song onto my iPod So I guess there are two sides
And songs you download from the Sprint store cannot natively be played on an iPod Of course, that’s true of any Windows Media file, so just be sure of which formats your gadgets support before you buy and you’ll be fine.
Pros: Music downloads on the go, phone and PC format of the songs you buy, fast song downloads
Cons: high prices, low sound quality of phone format songs, somewhat limited music selection
Written by Nate