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Cricket's Muve Music makes leap to Brazil

NEW YORK (AP) -- Muve Music, the unlimited subscription song-play service of U.S. wireless carrier Cricket, is making the leap to Brazil.

TIM, the nation's second-largest Brazilian carrier with more than 70 million customers, said Monday that it would offer a version of Muve's unlimited music plan to phone subscribers with a contract for 9.90 Brazilian reals ($5) a month.

The offering, called TIMmusic, has a similar interface to Muve's offering in the U.S., and comes integrated with the song identification app, Shazam.

TIMmusic will also be available to people who don't have a contract and prepay their monthly bill for 0.50 Brazilian reals (25 cents) a day.

TIM will enable subscribers to download and play back any song from a catalog of thousands. It won't charge data fees for the downloads.

Muve has more than 1.4 million subscribers in the U.S. through prepaid carrier Cricket, the brand operated by Leap Wireless International Inc.