Let's hope that this is not another vision "feature" that works on phones, but not treos. Has anyone noted if MP3s can be used as ringtones yet on the 600?

Sprint Eyes Warner, Sony Music in Wireless Service
Fri Jun 27, 1:59 PM ET Add Technology - Reuters to My Yahoo!



NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two of the world's largest record labels plan to license their music to wireless (news - web sites) phone company Sprint PCS (NYSE:PCS - news) in an effort to mine new markets to offset a slump in music sales, Sony Music and other sources familiar with the matter said.

Sprint PCS plans to offer song snippets from Sony Music as ringtones, rather than the conventional computerized warbles and tweets, said a spokeswoman from Sony (6758.T) , home to such acts as Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.

Sprint PCS also plans to expand a music subscription service that allows customers to use a wireless Internet connection to listen to, or "stream," complete songs from Warner Music acts, like Michelle Branch, The Donnas and others, sources said.

In January, Sprint began offering a service that allows users to listen to 30-second Warner song samples.

Sources familiar with the matter said the services will be launched in July, although the specific music to be made available and the price of the services are expected to be announced as early as Monday.

"Sony Music has licensed the use of some of its catalog to be used as ringtones," a Sony spokeswoman said. Warner, a unit of AOL Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:AOL - news), and Sprint PCS declined to comment.

While computerized ringtones based on popular songs have been available for some time, Sprint PCS is the first U.S. company to use actual snippets of songs to be sold as ringtones. Many phones in Europe and Asia already offer actual song snippets as ringtones.