Opera mobiles with “unlimited music” software

Opera Mobile has built its reputation on its internet browser for mobile devices, but it has gradually expanded that remit to cover other services like apps — and now, music.

The company has soft-launched a mobile music offering in the Russian market, called Unlimited Music, a subscription-based, download and streaming service that it is trying out first in Russia.

Key market for Opera, and one that is not very crowded when it comes to legal music services — before it expands it elsewhere.
Although available for all browsers and operating systems, the new service is aimed primarily at the users of the Opera’s Mini browser for smartphones and featurephones, Vedomosti reports referring to Artem Zinovyev, the company’s business development director in Russia and the CIS.

At the moment, Opera Software is in negotiationswith major Russian mobile network carriers. The goal for the company is to include its service in carriers’ service plans, but there’s no agreement signed as of yet.

The Russian market for music services like the Opera’s one is fairly small. The Opera’s most obvious rival there would be the Music app from Yandex, available on iOS devices. The monthly subscription for it costs $6,99, and it has managed to overcome iOS restrictions, allowing users to download music. There are also plans to release the service for other mobile platforms, Yandex told us.

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