Nokia Comes With Music service to give you all you can eat for free

Summary:Along with the Nokia 5800 touch screen device announcement, Nokia also announced the launch of the Comes With Music service that was originally announced in December 2007. This service allows you to download, listen to, and keep as many songs as you want (even listening 24/7) over a full year period for free (cost included with device purchase). I imagine this will encourage people to listen to more and even different types of music over the year as well.

Nokia announces more details of Comes With Music service
Along with the Nokia 5800 touch screen device announcement, Nokia also announced the launch of the Comes With Music service that was originally announced in December 2007. This service allows you to download, listen to, and keep as many songs as you want (even listening 24/7) over a full year period for free (cost included with device purchase). I imagine this will encourage people to listen to more and even different types of music over the year as well.

Current major record labels that Nokia has signed on to the program include Universal Music Group, EMI Music, Warner Music Group, and Sony BMG. There will also be many independent labels supported by the service.

The 5800 will obviously support the new service, but the first device launching with it will actually be the 5310 XpressMusic device scheduled for a 17 October launch in the UK for GBP 129.99. Comes With Music will be available on the Nokia N95 8GB as well and I believe this means new purchases of this device.

While you do get to keep the music forever, even after the year of included service has expired, it does seem that you will need a compatible Nokia device to listen to the music and you won't be able to burn the songs to a CD and transfer to an iPod or MP3 player. As stated in a Nokia press release, "Purchased songs can also be transferred between a PC and a compatible Nokia device, regardless of which device was used to buy them." I don't think this is an unreasonable requirement given that you will have access to thousands of songs with the service and the cost is rolled into the device price.

Topics: Nokia, Hardware

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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