Feeds

Nokia chucks free music phones at Spotify

Comes With Music... or else

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Nokia announced two dedicated music phones in Stuttgart this morning, which are only available with its "free" Comes With Music service. The service bundles a year's worth of unlimited music downloads.

The cheaper of the two models, the X3, comes with a price sticker that matches an annual Spotify subscription: €115. Its heftier sibling, the X6, features 32GB of memory and a €450 price sticker. But both new models are likely to be heavily subsidized by operators.

Nokia's X6. Comes With Music. Or the kitten gets it.

The phones will be available in the fourth quarter of the year, which is a month away.

Comes With Music is a good idea poorly marketed and implemented, with the result that it's poorly understood by the channel and potential punters.

Executive Vice President of Markets Anssi Vanjoki didn't mention Spotify by name at the launch. He instead highlighted the cost of filling an iPod with the Top 100 albums (€934) and compared it with the "complexity" of finding illegal music, as if these were the only two choices available.

Nokia also introduced the N97 Mini, and announced a rescue pack for the N97, with improved screen performance, revised storage and more reliable widgets, due next month.

Vanjoki also described Maemo as Nokia's "next generation", leaving no doubt that Symbian is now virtually a legacy product. But at least it's a sunk cost, and it doesn't cost Nokia anything in royalties. We'll have more on Maemo and the N900 soon. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.