BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the most reliable voice and data network, and Wind-up Records, the largest independent record label, announced today that V CAST Music customers can now purchase and download the entire Wind-up Records music catalog right over-the-air on their V CAST Music-capable phones. Featuring songs from popular artists including Evanescence, Seether, Finger Eleven, 12 Stones, Stars of Track and Field, Drowning Pool, Creed & Scott Stapp and hit soundtracks, such as from the movie, "Walk the Line," Verizon Wireless now offers customers more independent music in its 1.9 million song V CAST Music catalog. Verizon Wireless customers with V CAST Music phones can also personalize their phones with Wind-up artists' Ringtones and Ringback tones, such as the exclusive Ringtone and Ringback tone of Evanescence's current single, "Sweet Sacrifice" and Finger Eleven's "Paralyzer."
Verizon Wireless customers can purchase and download Ringtones, Ringback tones and full-track V CAST Music songs over-the-air from the following Wind-up Records artists and soundtracks:
- People in Planes
- Walk the Line
- Scott Stapp
- Drowning Pool
- Ben Moody
- Pilot Speed
- Finger Eleven
- Stars of Track and Field
- 12 Stones
- Eric Durrance
- Fantastic Four
- John Tucker Must Die
- The Punisher
V CAST Music from Verizon Wireless offers more than 1.9 million songs, over-the-air from both well-known and independent artists. V CAST Music runs on Verizon Wireless' award-winning broadband network, and customers can also download songs to Windows® XP PCs, plus sideload or transfer their existing compatible digital music collections for free to their V CAST Music-enabled handsets or memory cards.
Wind-up Records president Edward Vetri commented, "We are thrilled to offer our catalog of music to Verizon Wireless customers. V CAST Music has become a proven platform for reaching music consumers and we are excited to work with Verizon Wireless to develop our artists in the mobile space."
Wind-up Records chief operating officer, Jim Cooperman, added, "Through this agreement, Verizon Wireless has demonstrated its commitment to digital music by broadening its library to include more of the music that their subscribers want, including hit songs from artists on successful independents like Wind-up Records."
"Since its inception, V CAST Music from Verizon Wireless has been a leading provider of mobile music in the industry," said Ed Ruth, associate director of marketing at Verizon Wireless. "The addition of full-track over-the-air music downloads from Wind-up's independent artists once again demonstrates that Verizon Wireless is meeting the needs of our customers that have a diverse set of musical interests."
V CAST Music customers with V CAST Music-enabled handsets and calling plans can pay as they go to download songs directly over-the-air to their phones for $1.99 per song plus airtime, download songs to their PCs for 99 cents, and transfer their existing compatible digital music collections to their V CAST Music-enabled handsets or memory cards at no charge from their PCs. Purchases from the phone include two copies of every song, one for the phone and one for the PC. For more information on V CAST Music from Verizon Wireless, visit www.verizonwireless.com/music. More information on Wind-up Records can be found at www.winduprecords.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 60.7 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 66,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Wind-up Records
Wind-up Records, a subsidiary of Wind-up Entertainment, is a privately owned company that was founded in March 1997. The label is currently the largest independently owned and operated label in the United States and is distributed by Sony / BMG worldwide, excluding Canada where the company operates Wind-up Entertainment Canada which is distributed by Warner Music. The roster features Evanescence, whose worldwide sales have surpassed eighteen million copies; Seether, who have released three consecutive gold-certified albums, Finger Eleven, Scott Stapp and the entire Creed repertoire, and approximately a dozen developing artists. Wind-up Entertainment also houses the publishing concerns Dwight Frye Music, Renfield Music Publishing, Wallachi Music Publishing, Jessop Music Publishing and Viovodes Music Publishing, in addition to Pronto Merch, a full-scale retail, online and touring merchandising company. Wind-up Development Corp., a touring and sponsorship concern, completes the multi-tiered relationship (i.e., recording, publishing, merchandising and live performances) that many of the label's signings have forged with Wind-up.