January 12, 2010

NCR Corp., MOD Systems Launch MP3 Kiosks

NCR and Mod Systems announce MP3 kiosk. Targets small MP3 players which would seem to be a relatively static market compared to smartphone generation. This is one of those apps that has teased the industry for years but has always been eclipsed by next tech/social wrinkle.

LAS VEGAS — For NCR Corp. and MOD Systems, movies were just the beginning.

The pioneers of digital movie kiosks launched a new kiosk Jan. 11 that offers 5 million DRM-free MP3 downloads to SD cards, USB drives, and even directly to portable music players.

“We’re going to roll this out very widely in 2010,” said Anthony Bay, chairman and CEO of MOD Systems, during the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. “We’ll be putting these out faster than we did the movie kiosks.”

He said the companies are looking at high-traffic areas to place the music kiosks, like airports, convenience stores and supermarkets, in addition to media retailers.

“The rate of decline in CD sales is consistent with diminishing retail shelf space for music, which drives consumers to look online for music purchases and takes retailers out of the digital music growth opportunity,” Bay said about the market for the kiosk technology.

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Posted by staff at January 12, 2010 10:31 AM