updated 10:55 pm EST, Tue February 7, 2006
Yahoo updates Music Engine
In a bid to make gains on Apple's industry-leading iTunes, Yahoo today announced a new version of its music jukebox software: the Yahoo! Music Engine now offers functionality for simple playlist creation and sharing, improved sync features, and the ability to connect music throughout the home with a new Network Music feature. The software enables users to share music by e-mail or via Yahoo! Messenger or with the entire Yahoo! Music community. Yahoo also added tools to find music and other users with similar tastes as well as search for user-created playlists by artist, song, or keyword. Much like iTunes, the software now offers drag and drop albums and songs to their portable device as well as create custom playlists specific for their portable device. Attempting to improve connectivity within the home, the Yahoo! Music Engine will automatically detect any supported devices and allow users to play music from their collections throughout their home on any supported network music device.
The free Yahoo! Music Engine is home to the Yahoo! Music Unlimited subscription service which allows users the opportunity to play music from a catalog of more than one million songs, transfer tracks to portable devices, as well as enjoy the unique ability to share and discover music with other subscribers through Yahoo! Messenger. Yahoo! Music Unlimited is available for an annual fee of $60 ($5 per month) or a monthly subscription price of $7. Yahoo! Music Unlimited with the to-go feature is available for an annual fee of $120 ($10) per month) or a monthly subscription price of $12.