Feeds

Nokia to offer unlimited music downloads... for free

If you buy a phone...

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

NokiaWorld Most mobiles have a music player nowadays, but most don’t come with a year's free and unlimited music downloads. Step up Nokia, which has just outlined just such a scheme, dubbed 'Comes With Music'.

The basic premise: buy a Nokia Music Store-compatible handset and you’ll be rewarded with access to an online library of tracks and allowed to download freely for 12 months. Currently, the only record label signed up is Universal, but Nokia claimed more will follow suit.

Users will be able to download the tracks either via their handset or a PC, and syncing songs from one device to the other will be possible too. Tracks will be in encoded WMA DRM format.

A Nokia spokesman told Register Hardware that the Finnish phone giant expects Comes With Music to go live in the second half of 2008. It has yet to decide which handsets will be branded 'Comes With Music', how it’ll be run and maintained, what will happen after your 12 months is up, and whether existing customers will be able to opt into the service.

However, he was very definite on the fact that new Nokia owners will be given full, free and unlimited access to the download service.

That's in stark contrast to the 80p-plus Apple charges for each track through the iTunes Music Store.

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
Shaves price, not screen on mid-2014 model
iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks
New plug not compatible with official Type-C, according to fresh rumors
The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?
And yes it does need a fat HDD (or SSD, it's cool with either)
FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'
Wow, it looks like nothing else on the market, for sure
YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator
Fanbois prepare to experience the great Cupertin-O
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.