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KDDI's mobile music download service exceeds 10,000,000 songs sold
Posted: 20-Jun-2005 [Source: Coding Technologies]

[Japan's KDDI announces EZ 'Chaku-Uta Full' music service has pased the milestone of 10,000,000 songs downloaded since the service launched November 19, 2004.]

Tokyo & Silicon Valley -- Coding Technologies, the leading provider of audio compression technology for mobile, broadcasting and Internet, announced that on June 15, mobile carrier KDDI Corp. of Japan passed the milestone of 10,000,000 full song downloads sold in the EZ "Chaku-Uta Full(TM)" service. Started on November 19, 2004, EZ "Chaku-Uta Full" uses Coding Technologies' MPEG-4 aacPlus format. With 30,000 tracks available, the service is now selling songs at a rate of approximately 2M tracks per month.

Tracks on EZ "Chaku-Uta Full" cost approximately 300 Yen. Listeners can preview songs for free and then purchase them for direct download to their mobile handset. Tracks can also be moved to removable memory cards on enabled handsets to increase the size of the listener's library. In addition to general listening, downloaded tracks can also be set as ring tones on the user's phone. Currently, nine handsets from Toshiba, Hitachi, Sanyo, Casio, Kyocera and Sony Ericsson support the EZ "Chaku-Uta Full" service. The service is now a standard feature on all new CDMA 1x WIN handsets.

"We have a top market share in 3G because of advanced services like EZ 'Chaku-Uta Full'," said Makoto Takahashi, Vice President and General Manager of the Content Division of KDDI Corporation. "aacPlus is a key part of the economic engine that allows us to deliver quality services to our customers."

"EZ 'Chaku-Uta Full' brings the future now," said David Frerichs, Vice President and U.S. General Manager of Coding Technologies. "KDDI has shown that music players tethered to PCs shall be replaced by multimedia phones."

"Chaku-Uta Full(TM)" is a trademark of Sony Music Entertainment Corp.

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