We were doing our regular early-morning read of Hotel & Motel Management–in our mind, still the only place to learn about emerging bathmat technologies–when we came across this press release for the Hyatt hotel chain, which is launching its own digital-download service:
Individual properties will offer unique, destination-specific music collections, making Hyatt’s program truly a first in the industry. Each property’s signature collections will be available online for users to download in a universally compatible MP3 format – the most widely utilized digital music format – so guests can bring their Hyatt experience home. Hyatt plans to roll out the new digital download program to its properties across North America and the Caribbean throughout 2007.
Two Hyatt locations–one in Arizona, the other in Texas–have already incorporated custom-made playlists, which include such titles as “Spa Sun At Noon Collection” and “Spa Django Gypsy Jazz,” and features the likes of Theivery Corporation and something called Jazzanova. But while the songs will be DRM-free, we can’t get too worked up over any of chain’s musical selections; maybe Hyatt isn’t quite ready to include artists who name-check their competition.
Hyatt launches digital music download pilot program at two resorts [Hotel & Motel Management]