Jamba, EMI Rock Mobiles with DRM-free Tracks

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.

kid_music.jpgEMI 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.