"Coming in first (or second in this case) to the market doesn't excuse mediocre software design"on by techgrl22
Pros none, the technology is in it's infancy and the Verizon software clearly shows it
Cons poor design and user interface, mediocre features, and poor library selection
Summary Verizon's V Cast Music Store reminds me of the mediocre MP3 player software and online music stores before iTunes and the iTunes Music store. Did the Verizon team even bother to look at the industry standard intuitive user interface and design of the iTunes Music Store before launching this service? The design and layout of the Verizon Music PC Client harps back to web/online commerce development from the 1990's. The cell phone companies (especially Verizon) need to learn the lesson that the MP3 players and online music stores of the past had to learn the hard way and look at what the top software design teams have done in terms of software interface design and development. Otherwise, when a company like Apple finally decides to make a full commitment to this area by lifting the restriction of music tracks and offering their own iTunes Music Store selection (and maybe other Apple software like iPhoto, .Mac, etc.) on the cell phone, you will see a virtual monopoly dominance of cell phone music market and the current players (Verizon and Sprint) will be left on the sidelines reading about the one billionth download of music to a cell phone by some other company. Note to Verizon: Your next move may be to recruit Apple's employees like Sony has recently done for their software group.
Pros access it nearly everywhere plus you get a copy for your computer
Cons 3G never feels fast, lack of selection, price
Summary At this point it is more gimicky with the lack of music and price per song. Network speed can make it seem slow to download a song onto a phone compared to cable internet. This is certainly a first version of this so don't expect the world, it's more like a toy that a thing of daily living.
Pros None from my point of view.
Cons Limited content. No Java, only BREW. Copy-Protected music files can not be played on VCast phones. Can't use VCast content off of EV-DO network.
Summary I have used Verizon's pathetic attempt at offering VCast content. Since Sprint has been offering live content on their 1x network for years now, you can use Power Visions content ANYWHERE on Sprint's network. With Verizon you can only use it in the places where they have EV-DO up and running. Also with Verizon, you are forced to use BREW. That means no third party web browser, e-mail clients, applications, games, ect. You are forced to use what Verizon lets you use.
Sprint on the other hand uses the Java, which is used world wide. So you can use any free application you can find.
Also with Verizon, they limit what music files you can play on your phone. This due to a copy-right deal they made with Microsoft.
Sprint on the other hand does not have this limitation.
On every single level Sprint's Power Visions is better then VCast. Sprint also allows you to use the $10 and $15 dollard Visions access with PDA phones. Verizon charges $40 dollars extra per month!!
Trust me, stay away from Verizon. If you want to have access to more content and applications, then go with Sprint.
"Disappointing"on by stevevb
Pros Large variety of music to choose from
Music purchased does not have DRM protection
Cons Verizon software bug causes the phone to drop the name of artist on many songs
Verizon customer support has no clue when it comes to the LG Dare
Rhapsody software is very limited in capabilities
Summary It seems pretty incredible that a major company like Verizon would jump into bed with Rhapsody, and market their phones as "multi media devices" before they worked out all the kinks. While I'm not the biggest fan of ITunes, I have come to appreciate what Itunes offers. Sure wish Verizon/Rhapsody could get their act together.
Pros All the music you want for $15.
Cons None that I can see.
Summary Nobody has reviewed the Verizon service since they came on board with Rhapsody, so I thought I'd give them a fair shake. Install drivers for your phone on the PC. Install the client. Plug a rhapsody enabled phone in, drag tracks to to the device and go. It's that simple. For $15 bucks you can put all the music you want on up to 3 devices, and combine mp3 players and phones. Sounds like a bargain to me!