Nokia's X6 now Doesn’t Come With Music
Phone’s storage upped, free music ditched
Nokia has updated its X6 Comes With Music (CWM) handset with a rehashed model that... er... doesn’t come with music.
The Finnish phone giant unveiled its X-series handset line – the successor to its established XpressMusic range — in September 2009.
Nokia's X6 now comes with...just 16GB
The X6 was the first model and came with 32GB of on-board storage and access to the firm’s CWM service – a free-to-download library of pop tunes.
But Nokia this week halved the phone’s storage capacity to 16GB and removed its ability to access CWM.
Nokia hasn’t offered an explanation, instead trying to persuade consumers that the 16GB X6’s “sizable on-board storage still boasts enough space for 5500 tracks”. You’ll have to source and pay for them, though.
No access to Comes With Music
Reading between the lines, it’s possible the move follows the somewhat small subscriber numbers that the CWM service has generated.
In April 2009, The Register discovered that CMW had attracted just 23,000 UK users, despite the service being free and having been available – by that point – for over 12 months.
Nokia’s latest X6 - to be released this quarter - is otherwise unchanged from the original model. It sports a 3.2in widescreen display, rear-mounted 5Mp camera and supports wireless connections over Wi-Fi and HSDPA 3G. ®
Also, if they insist keep on suggesting using these devices as music players it would be a good idea to fix the following (for starters):
1) Remove the high-pitched hiss when playing back mp3s to earphones (observed on a N95, with proper headphones, not present on a proper mp3 player, and probably not audible with the excuse for headphones that come with the device, which, evidently, their QA (if any) uses ...)
2) Provide a decent player: e.g.
2.1) Being able to adjust the volume in smaller than 10 % increments (0-100%) is less than ideal as 40 % was too silent and 50 % too loud for a silent environment. Turns out an add-on player had 1 % steps and could be adjusted to a suitable level so this is not likely to be a hardware limitation. The hiss mentioned in 1) was still present though ...
2.2) The stupid thing insists on being aware of music files and using poorly implemented playlists based on its (time consuming) scans instead of e.g. playing back everything found in (the subfolders) a certain (top level) folder on the microSD card.
... I suspect that in World Nokia "Xpress" is actually pronounced just like "Depress" ...
Nothing to do with...
...the phone and download service been plagued with problems with failed downloads, vanishing tracks and phones failing to refresh the tracks in the song library. No of course not, the firmware updates available at retailers and online from Nokia solved all the problems didn't it....
Did it bollocks.