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Nokia enters DRM talks with Microsoft

Written by Dave Horvath @ 06 Aug 2007 8:53 User comments (9)

Nokia enters DRM talks with Microsoft Talks have begun between mobile phone giant, Nokia and everyone's favorite conglomerate, Microsoft to discuss adding DRM software onto Nokia's Series 60 and Series 40 mobile device platforms. This of course brings forth speculation that Nokie will make the plunge into the world of music downloads. Nokia is stating that the means of having this DRM in place will allow customers to buy content directly through one of its handsets and then transfer it to a PC.
It was reported earlier by serveral news sites that Nokia is potentially about to launch its own service for downloading media content. The speculated launch date for this would happen on August 29th.

Nokia has not mentioned what content will be readily available to its two mobile devices slated for digital rights lockdown or which file formats will be acceptable for the devices to play. It could potentially have quite a few key formats to knock around as PlayReady, Microsoft's DRM software, already supports taking the fun out of WMA, WMV, AAC, AAC+, AMR and H.264.

Series 60 from Nokia is a Graphical User Interface (GUI) and application layer protocol developed so that it could operate on the Symbian operating system. The Series 40, alternatively is a phone based protocol which accesses Nokia's own private operating system which is in use in most Nokia phones already. From Microsoft's point of view, they're already poised to deliver a fine product for Nokia as PlayReady is compatible with Windows Media DRM 10, which claims that it will allow PlayReady devices to access existing DRM encoded media.

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9 user comments

16.8.2007 9:26

The thing is Windows Media DRM 10 as far as i know has been broken and its possible to strip the drm back off.

Although it wont be possible on the phone im sure its going to be even easier for them to figure how to capture the drm key from the os there where nothing like firewall or memory/program monitors can get in the way.

But if im buying a music track on my phone im going to want to then move it onto my computer afterwards the drm would probably not allow this, which begs the question of how this restriction would effect the sales over sites which didnt restrict using drm.

Just my thoughts.

26.8.2007 13:52
vinny13
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Ugh... I think this will be my last Nokia :(

37.8.2007 4:59

upgrade time next month.
Oh well thats Nokia crossed off the list

47.8.2007 8:32

Not buying Nokia anymore. Too bad. I liked their phones...

57.8.2007 11:26
vinny13
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Originally posted by maryjayne:
Not buying Nokia anymore. Too bad. I liked their phones...
Same here... All I've ever known. Tried my friends phones but they're just not as simple as my 6275i.

69.8.2007 16:42
frankacne
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Bye Bye Nokia !

79.8.2007 16:42
frankacne
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Bye Bye Nokia !

813.8.2007 13:54

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Talks have begun between mobile phone giant, Nokia and everyone's favorite conglomerate, Microsoft to discuss adding DRM software onto Nokia's Series 60 and Series 40 mobile device platforms.
Thanks for the heads up I'll be sure to stay away from those series. I love Nokia however do not like DRM. I wonder how long it will take for them to crack the DRM on the phone.

916.8.2007 23:03

Thats it, first after the sony rootkit scandal I havent any never will buy anything sony again, and now I am adding nokia to the list.

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