Ericsson teams up with Napster on mobile music service

Ericsson and Napster announced the launch of the Napster Mobile music service with O2 UK, the leading wireless carrier serving the UK market with more than 18 million subscribers.

Co-developed by Napster and Ericsson, Napster Mobile is a premium music service offering an array of features and content. O2 UK customers will be able to search, browse, preview, purchase and play full-length tracks from Napster's massive catalog of more than 5 million songs.

Napster Mobile also offers dual-delivery for simultaneous downloads to a subscriber's PC and mobile phone, a unique feature that provides users the convenience of downloading songs directly to their phones with a high-fidelity copy of the song available to download on their PCs.

The service also features a recommendation tool and access to Napster's expert programming on the handset, including featured artists and top tracks.

Ericsson will host, integrate and manage the around-the-clock operations of the service for O2 UK under a managed service agreement.