Hot on the heels of Telus’ announcement, Rogers has upgraded their urMusic MP3 store to include DRM-free files, allowing you to use purchased tunes on any device you want, unhindered. Considering the quoted price points between $0.69 and $1.29 per track and $20 monthly subscription for unlimited downloads are identical to Telus’ offering, I can’t help but think Rogers is getting their licensing from the same source.
Whatever the case may be, you can nab music from either their mobile site or a standard web browser. Unlike Telus, it doesn’t seem like Rogers will be supporting over-the-air downloads, so be prepared to sideload. Scratch that, OTA downloads will work just hunky-dory. Between Rogers, Telus, 7digital (who recently added scrobbling support) and Slacker all making concerted pushes into Canadian mobile music, I can’t help but wonder if something has changed deep in the bowels of intellectual property legislation to facilitate new music stores and services, but I certainly like it. With any luck, we’ll see the likes of Pandora and other digital music services that have so far had difficulties crossing the border.