AT&T just launched their new eMusic Mobile download service that allows you to download MP3 files from eMusic directly to your compatible mobile phone. eMusic is an online seller of MP3 music from independent labels that has is DRM-free so you can purchase and then listen to your MP3 songs on any device. I am a bit confused why anyone would want to pay AT&T US$7.49 per month for 5 song downloads (works out to just about US$1.50 per song) when you can just sign up for an eMusic account and get songs for only US$0.27 to US$0.33 each, depending on the monthly plan you sign up for. The eMusic Basic plan gives you 30 song downloads for only US$9.99 per month. I guess the AT&T eMusic Mobile service is all about wireless convenience, but that sure is a high convenience fee IMHO.
Four mobile phones are listed to support the eMusic Mobile service, the Samsung Sync, Samsung A717, Samsung A727, and Nokia N75. You can listen to 30 second previews on your compatible phone and then download purchased music without connecting to a computer. Your purchase also results in a MP3 copy online that you can download to your PC and archive later. If you want more than 5 songs, then you can purchase Booster Packs at US$7.49 for 5 more songs. Keep in mind that previewing and downloading the music will consume wireless data so if you are not on an unlimited plan be careful how much you listen to on your device.
If you are interested in purchasing eMusic songs then why not just sign up directly with them and get the 25 free music downloads as well? I don't understand why anyone would want to use eMusic Mobile where the songs cost at least US$1.17 more per song. Am I missing something here or is this high premium cost just for the added convenience?