There’s been quite a lot of ‘how-are-they-going-to-do-that’ speculation on Nokia’s Comes With Music announcements recently.
Here’s a little more detail from a recent release I got from Carphone Warehouse:
The Carphone Warehouse has announced that it will be offering the ground-breaking Nokia Comes With Music service exclusively on Pay As You Go, with a range of Nokia 5310 XpressMusic handsets this autumn. This unique service is set to revolutionise the music industry, allowing music lovers nationwide a year’s free unlimited access to millions of tracks from the entire Nokia Music Store catalogue. Songs from a range of great artists – past, present and future – will be offered to subscribers for a one-off cost and to make the service even more attractive, the downloaded tracks can be kept on the users handset or PC forever – for no additional fee.
So I imagine Michael Jackson will be available. But new bands, probably not. Independent bands? probably not. We’ll need to see. It’s gotta just be big major labels, right?
Ahh here’s that answer:
A collaboration with Warner Music, Universal Music Group International and Sony BMG Entertainment will give consumers instant access to a diverse array of international artists’ material, from Iron Maiden to Hot Chip. This exceptional offering enables users to access over two million tracks from the extensive Nokia Music Store catalogue. Songs can be simply downloaded to either a PC or mobile phone, meaning music lovers nationwide will never be stuck without something new to listen to.
And at the end of the year, what happens to all my tracks?
Once the year is complete, customers can keep all of their music, without having to worry about it disappearing when their subscription is over. There are also a number of attractive options to continue downloading new music: users will be able to continue to purchase additional tracks from the Nokia Music Store or upgrade to a new Nokia Comes With Music device and continue to add to their music collection from the Comes with Music online catalogue.
Now it’ll be rather smart if you can simply take your songs with you to a new device. If it’s seamless and entirely pain free… it could be rather good.
We shall see.