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Starhub Music Store – A Giant Leap Forward for Singapore Music-Lovers

The title of The First DRM-Free Music Store in Singapore now officially belongs to the newly-launched Starhub Music Store. A full-page ad in the Straits Times today (10Jul2010, Saturday) launches the music store officially, a sure way to bring traffic to the first unique offering in Singapore. The store offers music from 20 record labels in 13 different languages including Thai, Hindi, Tamil, Tagalog, Japanese and Korean.

The Starhub Music Store is serviced by Ithos Digital, and this partnership is the newest to hit our shores, following limited DRM-Free offerings from the remaining telecommunications companies in Singapore, M1 and Singtel. Unlike M1’s music store, where only some tracks are DRM-Free, and Singtel’s AMPed music service, where subscribers are only allowed 15 DRM-Free tracks a month, the Starhub Music Store catalogue is entirely DRM-Free, allowing downloaders to transfer music from one device to another over the air (via Bluetooth). This is a dream come true for music-lovers in Singapore, and a giant leap forward for the digital music industry.

Other available music download services in Singapore include Nokia’s Comes With Music service, and Sony Ericsson’s PlayNow Plus service. Downloads for both these services are limited to the respective manufacturers’ handsets.


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Asia Mobile Awards 2009 – Best Mobile Music Service

The 43 nominees for the Asia Mobile Awards 2009 have been shortlisted, including the 5 nominees contending for the Best Mobile Music Service category. Winners for the Asia Mobile Awards will be presented at the upcoming GSMA Mobile Asia Congress to be held in Hong Kong on 18 November.

Music Rewind takes a closer look at the 5 nominees in the Best Mobile Music Service category:

Best Mobile Music Service

  • Aircel, India for  ‘Aircel Dialer Tunes Eat-All-You-Can service’
  • Bharti Airtel and Onmobile Global, India for  ‘Gaana Bolo Hello Tunes Pao’
  • China Mobile, China for  ‘New Albums Digital Release’
  • Green Tomato and CSL, Hong Kong for  ‘Musicholic’
  • Singapore Telecom Mobile, Singapore for  ‘SingTel AMPed’


airceldialertunes_logoTelco: Aircel
Nominated: Dialer Tunes Eat-All-You-Can Service

A top-up card for ring-back tones for all Aircel subscribers, the Dialer Tunes cards come in 3 types: 7, 31 or 360 days. All offer subscribers the freedom to change their Dialer Tunes for an unlimited number of times for as long as their card’s validity, at no extra cost for each song change.



gaanabolohellotunepao_logoTelco: Airtel
Nominated: Gaana Bolo Hello Tunes Pao

A voice-search service that allows you to find your choice of ring-back tones simply by speaking into the phone, the Gaana bolo Hello Tune Pao promises to be state-of-the-art search service that will satisfy that sudden craving to change your existing ring-back tone to the one you’re singing the lyrics to at the moment. A novel service – but subscribers are charged for both the call and the download of the tones.



chinamobilelogoTelco: China Mobile
Nominated: New Albums Digital Release

I couldn’t find any information regarding the term “New Albums Digital Release”, but there does exist the Wireless Music Club (无线音乐) announced by China Mobile, that allows subscribers and Music Club VIP members to stream and download the latest ring-back tones available on both mobile and PC, get discounts on downloads, and get ahead in entertainment news sent directly to their mobiles. The service promises to be well-rounded, and to provide “something for everyone”, as the press release promised.



CSLlogoTelco: CSL
Nominated: MusicholicTM

MusicholicTM is a one-stop music download service for the PC and the mobile. At launch, it promised 700,000 songs and music videos in their music bank, as well as a space for social interactivity that includes freeBlogs, playlist creations, fan groups or artists, and more. With monthly subscriptions starting at HKD$48, subscribers can raid MusicholicTM’s entire music bank for unlimited access.

musicholiclogoNote: I like that Musicholic’s logo looks like a cute little gambling dice, which reminds me fondly of the Hongkongers’ love for the gambling art. 😉

Singtel_logoTelco: Singtel
Nominated: AMPedTM

AMPedTM is also a one-stop music download service for PC and mobile, and is offered FREE, as a value-added service, to subscribers who  subscribe to selected mobile plans. Once ‘AMPed’, subscribers get unlimited downloads of audio tracks and pre-album releases, access to music videos and the latest entertainment news, create playlists, and more. Data charges are completely waived for all AMPed downloads on the mobile.


The other nominees for all other Asia Mobile Awards 2009 categories are:

Best Mobile Game

  • Bharti Airtel, India for  ‘Airtel GamesClub’
  • Electronic Arts, China for  ‘The SIMS 3’
  • Gameloft, Taiwan for  ‘Hero of Sparta’
  • Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri, Turkey for  ‘Mobiwar’

Best Mobile TV or Video Service

  • Hong Kong Telecommunications, Hong Kong for  ‘PCCW Mobile Infotainment Platform’
  • Hungama Digital Media Entertainment, India for  ‘Tata Sky Active Mall’
  • Mobixell Networks, Israel for  ‘Mobixell Videon and InfoGin IMP’
  • Motorola, Hong Kong for  ‘Motorola TuVista’
  • Telegent Systems, Singapore for  ‘Telegent Free-to-Air Mobile TV – TLG1120 Mobile TV Receiver’

Best Mobile Advertising or Marketing

  • Bharti Airtel, India for ‘Friends Under Attack’
  • InMobi, India for  ‘Reebok Indian Premier League Campaign’
  • Madhouse, China for  ‘HP’
  • Smart Communications, Philippines and Unilever – AXE for  ‘AXE on Phone’
  • Zad Mobile, US and Indosat for ‘SC i-klan’

Best Mobile Enterprise Application Product or Service

  • Aircel Cellular, US and uReach Technologies for  ‘Aircel mConference Plus’
  • Aircel Cellular, US and uReach Technologies for  ‘Aircel mReceptionist’
  • Cylande, China and Terranova for  ‘Cylande’s StoreAssistant Corner Manager’
  • Orascom Telecom Bangladesh, Bangladesh for  ‘Banglalink Jigyasha’
  • tenCube, Singapore and SingTel for  ‘PHONESafe’

Best Mobile Internet Service

  • Aircel, India ‘Aircel’s Pocket Internet’
  • Eterno Infotech, India for  ‘NewsHunt’
  • Geodesic, US for  ‘Mundu IM’
  • GyPSii, Netherlands and China Unicom for  ‘UniSpace’
  • KT Corporation, Korea for  ‘SHOW HYUNDAI/ KIA-MOTOR’

Best Mobile Money Service

  • Bharti Airtel, India for  ‘mChek on Airtel’
  • Globe Telecom, Philippines for  ‘GCASH CLICK’
  • SK Telecom, Korea for ‘T Cash’
  • Smart Communications, Philippines for  ‘Smart Money’s expanded mobile-based security feature for online purchases’
  • Sybase 365, Singapore and Celcom for  ‘Celcom AirCash’

Mobile Money for the Unbanked Award

  • Bharti Airtel, India and EKO for  ‘EKO’
  • MPAY Solutions, Philippines for  ‘m-bux’
  • Smart Communications, Philippines for  ‘Smart Islands Activation Program (IAP)’
  • WING Cambodia, Cambodia, for  ‘WING’

The Green Mobile Award

  • Grameenphone, Bangladesh and Huawei Technologies for  ‘Building a Greener Mobile Network’
  • Nokia, India for  ‘Take-back & recycling of unwanted devices and accessories in Asian markets’
  • Smart Communications, Philippines for  ‘SMART Post-Marketing Waste Management  Initiative (tarpaulirecycling)’
  • StarHub Mobile, Singapore for  ‘Green Network – Singapore’s first Solar-Powered

Mobile Base Station
ZTE Corporation, China, for  ‘ZTE’s GSM ZXG10 uBSS system

GSMA Mobile Innovation Grand Prix – Asia Pacific Tournament Nominees

  • Altobridge, Ireland
  • Impetus Infotech, USA
  • Locatrix Communications, Australia
  • Sentry Wireless, Ireland
  • Xtract, Finland

Best Mobile Broadband Handset/ Device Judging of the Best Mobile broadband Handset/Device’ category will take place in November, nominees will be announced soon.

01/11/2009 Posted by | Music News | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments