"NetCom, the Norwegian unit of Swedish telecom giant Telia Sonera, is planning to steal Nokia's thunder with NetCom FreeMusic, a three-month trial to offer free unlimited mobile-music downloads. [The offer] is a three-month pilot that gives subscribers access to a catalog of 50,000 tracks from Universal Music Group International. The project involves a selection of handsets from several mobile manufacturers. Each device will come accompany a voucher with a text number that will direct users to a mobile Internet site. Once they log in, customers can download as many of the participating tracks as they want. And they can keep the tracks indefinitely. But the downloaded music will be locked to the handset and cannot be transferred to another phone or PC. At the end of the three months, NetCom (one of Apple iPhone's distributors in Scandinavia) will examine consumers' response to the trial to determine how to proceed on a commercial basis."
Some people thing this is the future of music.
I think an internet radio model should be developed that takes the burden of payment off the consumer and places it on advertising. Much like conventional radio does today.