Two MSOs Launch Portable Music Services

In a refreshing first for the cable industry, two sizable MSOs are trying to break into the booming portable media market. Both Charter Communicatons and Susquehanna Communications (SusCom) are launching "Music-To-Go" premium services that allow broadband subscribers to download unlimited numbers of songs to compatible MP3 players for a flat monthly fee. Charter is adding the music download service as a new tier to its existing premium music service, Charter Music, which already allows cable modem users to download songs to their PCs for a monthly fee. Subscribers pay $9.99 a month for the new portable service, which enables them to download and play songs from a library of more than 2 million titles. Customers can download tunes to more than 25 MP3 player models from such brands as Creative, Dell, iRiver and Toshiba, although not from industry leader Apple Computer. For its part, SusCom is introducing its new SusCom Music-To-Go service along with its basic SusCom Music service. The two subscription music services allow broadband customers to download songs to their PCs and portable media players, respectively. SusCom is offering both music services for the same introductory price of $6.99 a month. Synacor, which put the new music services together for the two MSOs, is managing the integration of all premum online content services for both Charter and SusCom.
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