Streaming Music For Smart Phones

Aron Schatz
September 25, 2006

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I think this is a good idea. I use to listen to Icecast stations with my PDA back in school. Would you like a phone that included this? I personally wouldn't want it in a phone.


Mercora's M works by giving subscribers access to their digital music library--only WMA, MP3 or Ogg Vorbis formatted files--from any location via their phone. The software encodes and decodes all files to Ogg Vorbis, a low bit-rate format of near CD quality, before it reaches the earphones. Sounds cool, but forget about playing songs bought from Apple's iTunes Store--Apple uses a proprietary format called AAC, which Mercora M can't play. Music ripped from a CD to an iTunes library, though, is fair game, according to Avikk Ghose, Mercora's director of business development.


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