Chilli Music launches Facebook download service

By Bizclik Editor

Chilli Music, which signed a deal with major record labels last month to allow users in South Africa to use its downloading service, has launched a new facility to download tunes directly from Facebook.

The direct to consumer mobile entertainment portal agreed a deal with labels including EMI, Universal, Warners, Sony & Ministry Of Sound to allow mobile owners across South Africa access to the latest releases, new albums and best-selling hits from many of the world's most popular music acts and artists.

The new Facebook facility will enable users to purchase fully-licensed track downloads and complete albums for mobile devices direct through the social media site’s integrated store. Currently in its public beta stage, the service accepts payments for music and a comprehensive range of mobile games using the network’s Pay For It functionality.

“Almost every consumer-facing business in the world has been touched by the social media phenomenon and the smart ones are continually working on new ways to take advantage of the channel,” said Steve Kitchen, Chilli Mobile’s Managing Director.

“Over the last couple of years we’ve seen an enormous leap in the volume of customers choosing to interact with the company via these networks, and introducing the ability to pay via Facebook is the latest landmark in our evolving approach.”

 

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Currently boasting over 200,000 followers on its corporate Facebook page, Chilli Music’s latest launch creates what is believed to be the networks’ first music store dedicated exclusively to mobile.

All users are also offered a version of the music for their PC with every purchase as the portal’s ‘dual download’ service allows users to send purchases to their home computer as well as receiving files directly on their handset. Mobile Chilli has experienced a 1200 percent increase in album sales since the start of the year. Based on current growth, the company is on course to achieve over 1,000,000 paid downloads in 2011.

Kitchen added: “The synergies between many high volume Facebook users and mobile users is significant, so it makes real business sense for Chilli Music to be bringing these two bases together. The growth seen over the course of 2011 indicates that public confidence in mobile commerce is continuing to grow across the board, not merely in the high end and early adopter audience.”

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