Over the next year, the company, whicha small proportion of the labels' music through Vodafone's network in seven European countries, will expand its catalogue to rival that offered by Apple Computer and other PC-based rivals.
Currently, about 150,000 songs are available for download, according to the company. That will expand to 500,000 tracks by June, and a million tracks by the end of 2005. Vodafone customers will be able to download these to their multimedia phones in France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden the United Kingdom, but the service will also be rolled out in other countries.
Musiwave has said it plans to enter the U.S. market sometime in 2005.
U.S. mobile phone carriers are somewhat behind their European peers in offering multimedia services such as music downloads, in part because the mobile phone data networks are not quite as advanced. However, some carriers have begun music experiments.
On Monday, Sprint announced that it isto its customers, provided by Music Choice, the same company that offers digital music channels to cable and satellite TV subscribers.
An American Musiwave rival called Melodeo said last week that it hadfrom the Warner Music Group and launched a download service in Spain.