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Nokia opens music service in Australia

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 21 Apr 2008 13:31 User comments (4)

Nokia opens music service in Australia Nokia is set to launch Australia's first subscription music service tomorrow in an effort to use its huge music industry clout to knock Apples' iTunes platform from the top.
The service however, should see issues as it has been revealed that songs bought from the store will be incompatible with the dominant market leader for portable media players, the Apple iPod.

Price could be another problem if you do not use the subscription plan, as each track will cost $1.70 and albums will sell for $17. However, for $10 a month, Nokia will "allow customers to stream an unlimited number of full-length tracks directly from a player built into its music store website."

The songs can be downloaded via compatible Nokia phones or on the PC and then synced over. Nokia says the 5310, 5610, 5700, N78, N81, N82, N91, N95, N96 and N76 handsets are all compatible, and other phones will work as long as they support Windows Media Player.

All 2.5 million songs in the catalog will have WMA DRM which will restrict the use and distribution of the songs, going against the current trend of removing DRM from music offerings. The iPod does not support DRM infested WMA files and therefore will not play anything purchased from the store.

Karen Farrugia, Nokia Australia's music services manager, noted that locking out iPod owners would limit potential target market but the company still hopes to topple iTunes.

"At this time we are launching Windows Media DRM-protected files and we will look in the future to introduce an MP3 service ... we're in discussions with labels to really work on that,"
she said.

I'm not sure who at Nokia thought that offering expensive, DRM-crippled music that cannot be played on iPods was a good idea but they should not have a job.

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4 user comments

124.4.2008 10:34

screw the whole storing music on your fcking device, they should give you account and let you stream your sht from it,to your cellphone 24/7, I let you upload tot he account as well,they can still offer music at their bloated rates but do something for the consumer instead of bum ravage.

224.4.2008 10:52

How can Nokia even "hope to topple iTunes" when they don't even support the player and devices that customers on that platform own?
Do you think anyone with an iPod will say "Sod this. I'm buying a Nokia to get songs that are more expensive".
Also I thought DRM was as good as dead? Obviously not. WIndows Media? No thanks.

324.4.2008 10:55

I forgot to say - Roll on the 3G iPhone in AU then I can replace my 5G iPod AND broken Nokia phone with one complete solution.

425.4.2008 13:12

The author said it right.

Quote:
I'm not sure who at Nokia thought that offering expensive, DRM-crippled music that cannot be played on iPods was a good idea but they should not have a job.


I can't top that comment. It is succinct and accurate.

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