Streaming music service launches in NZ

UPDATED: A new streaming music service called Rara Music has launched in New Zealand today. Rara caches music on smartphones so users can listen to their music without internet access.

Update:

The Rara app is now available on the Android market.

Original story:

A new streaming music service called Rara Music has launched in New Zealand today.

The service joins Grooveshark and Sony's Music Unlimited on the list of streaming music services currently available, and launches ahead of Spotify, which is said to be coming next year. It launched less than 24 hours after launching in the US, UK, and other territories in Europe.

Rara Music has more than 10 million songs available for download.

"With rara.com, you can create playlists, share music, listen to unlimited music stations, enjoy the latest charts, and discover music through personal recommendations, as well as experience great music selected for you by our editors," the company said on its website.

Musician Imogen Heap is an associate editor for Rara and spoke highly of the company's business model.

"I've travelled the world this year and have realised that even if fans want to pay for artists' work consuming it legally online can often be very difficult," Heap said.

"[Rara] is a super easy service for everyone to use and I love the information on tracks and artists that rara.com gives you."

The service costs $1.99 for a web-only service for the first three months, and $2.99 for web and mobile access to Rara through an Android phone. After the trial period is up, it will cost $8.99 for web-only and $13.99 for web and mobile services.

In the web version music can only be streamed, not downloaded and stored locally. However, the Rara Android app caches songs previously played on the memory cards of smartphones. This means customers can listen to the song on Wi-Fi, then again on the go even without 3G data enabled.

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Siobhan Keogh

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2 Comments

John

1

One would like to think it was a temporary oversight, not having the Rara Android app available for download in NZ. However I've just plonked down real money to have the mobile version, only to find it's not possible to use it.

I hope they resolve this with some haste...

Duncan

2

Do you know if an app for Windows Phone 7 (7.5) will be comming.
Or will we have to wait for Zune Pass to come to NZ?

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