Nokia shutters Ovi Music Unlimited service

Summary:Another iTunes competitor bites the dust. Nokia is calling it quits for the Ovi Music Unlimited service, which bundled free music download subscriptions with new mobile phone purchases.

Another iTunes competitor bites the dust. Nokia is calling it quits for the Ovi Music Unlimited service, which bundled free music download subscriptions with new mobile phone purchases.

According to Reuters,

Reasons behind the lackluster performance include use of older supporting handsets for the product at its launch, digital rights management (DRM) software that tied downloaded music to the device and a difficult to understand product offering.

However, if you happen to live in China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Turkey or South Africa, you can still take advantage of getting a six-month or year-long subscription to Ovi Music.

To some users' dismay, Nokia also shut down Ovi Files back on October 1. Hopefully Ovi Maps doesn't get the axe too, and it would be nice if the Nokia E7 smartphone ever gets released.

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Topics: Nokia

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