Mobile entertainment provider Jamba has hooked up with music major EMI to offer DRM-free music for the mobile and the PC in Europe. The move, a first on the continent, is Jamba’s first step towards making its catalog of more than 1.5 million songs available to mobile phones without any digital rights restrictions.
EMI was the first of the major labels to offer DRM-free tracks through PC-based music services including Apple’s iTunes and Amazon’s DRM-free music download store.
The way the new Jamba service works, the tracks will be sent to users through a dual-delivery system, with an MP3 version being delivered to the PC for top sound quality and a compressed, smaller AAC+ file being sent to the phone, which has much less storage space.
Jamba, a joint venture of News Corp and VeriSign operates mobile content portals under both the Jamba and Jamster names. The DRM-free EMI content will be offered on all Jamba/Jamster portals in the EMEA region.