Wireless Wippit

Wippit, a London-based P2P subscription music service has launched a new phase to their product, allowing customers to download full length audio and video tracks to mobile devices as well as associated truetones, polyphonic and monophonic ringtones and wallpapers.

Customers will no longer need a PC to make the most of the Wippit service, as they can simply install an application to their phone by sending a text message. The application then allows subscribers to download and play music or videos whenever they like.

Paul Myers, CEO and Founder of Wippit said “When Wippit launched the first legal P2P service in 2001 we offered ringtones so that our users could find everything in one place. After that we introduced the first mobile search facility for MP3’s and downloads, including the incorporation of sound recognition technology. Downloading directly to your mobile phone is the logical next step on the path we’ve been treading since launch. We’ve been waiting for the handset and network capability to catch up, and now it has.”

Wippit also announced a partnership with SlamTV, the mobile entertainment provider, to bring high quality, fully-licensed music and video to mobile phones.

Neil Marshall, Sales and Marketing Director for WebTV commented “SlamTV co-operating closely with a strong brand such as Wippit, can only be good news. Wippit’s mobile customers will now have access to over 300,000 music and video files from some of the world’s major music labels and content owners.”

The Wireless Wippit beta test will feature alternative content from Wippit’s online service though it will be cross-promoted. Video will cost UK£3.00 (€4.40) and audio tracks will cost UK£1.50 (€2.20), truetones UK£4.50 (€6.60!!!), polyphonic ringtones UK£3.00 and wallpapers and monophonic ringtones UK£1.50.


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Fraser Lovatt

Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?