Nokia shutters Ovi Music Unlimited service

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.

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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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  • Excellent news!!

    Welcome to the Apple Era where competition is something to be eliminated.
    NonZealot
    • I know. On one hand you have Apple miffed, and threatening

      music companies because of an exclusive deal they made with a competitor:

      http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/03/03/apple_pressures_music_labels_to_abandon_amazon_mp3_daily_deal.html

      Then they turn around and do even worse:
      http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9196780/Help_arrives_Apple_lands_Beatles_for_iTunes

      Wonder if Apple did a little arm twisting?
      AllKnowingAllSeeing
  • Hopefully this is a sign that Nokia's getting on board with WP

    and they'll coume out with some really fantastic WP devices this year :-)
    Johnny Vegas
    • RE: Nokia shutters Ovi Music Unlimited service

      @Johnny Vegas
      Suggest that on a blog like Engadget, and all the Nokia fan-boys (I didn't know any existed) come out rabid and call you a loon and that it would never happen in a Million, Trillion years.

      There's this whole Nokia sub culture built around button T9 Symbian phones that's just kind of....weird.
      Theseus
  • Guess all three customers are disappointed.

    Uh oh... I guess all three of their music store customers are very disappointed now.
    kraterz
  • RE: Nokia shutters Ovi Music Unlimited service

    It's good services from Nokia to free download from ovi music.Thanks (<a href="http://www.internetbankingcart.com/internet-banking/comerica-web-banking">Comerica Web Banking</a>)
    mark768