Cingular Wireless, owned by AT & T; Inc. and Bell South Corp., is planning to offer a mobile music network that offers subscription access to Napster, Yahoo! Music and eMusic, reports said Wednesday. Cingular is expected to announce the deal on Thursday.
The service will also allow music transferring between PCs and cellular phones as well as the capability to rip songs from CDs, and play MP3 and WMA formats on a single phone.
The cellular provider also plans to open a virtual music store, similar to how ringtones are purchased now, but for complete songs.
Napster currently offers an "all-you-can-eat" subscription service and will offer something similar for cell phones, reports say.
Shares of Los Angeles-based Napster were up 14 cents to $4.88 in early trading Wednesday.
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