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Nokia unveils Music Store, XpressMusic phones

updated 09:55 am EDT, Wed August 29, 2007

Nokia 5610 and Music Store

Nokia today provided full details of its new Nokia Music Store, one of the first device-specific music stores available. Similar to more computer-focused stores, the service provides a wider catalog of "millions" of songs and includes systems for recommending music based on past purchases. Users can also tag songs rather than buy them to create a wish list for a later purchase, Nokia says. And in contrast to most mobile stores, all songs are encoded in 192Kbps Windows Media format rather than a heavily compressed format that translates poorly to listening on quality headphones or a computer.

Buying songs directly from the phone itself will initially require either an N81 or the N95 8GB, which come with a mobile client. Any user can buy songs from their computer and transfer them to a compatible phone, the company says. The Music Store debuts in Europe in the fall and will be accompanied by a Nokia Music PC client for Windows computers; Nokia didn't say whether Macs could purchase songs and use the Media Transfer Suite or manual copying to load songs. Prices will virtually match those from iTunes and similar stores with individual songs costing 1 Euro ($1.36) each and full albums costing 10 Euros ($13.60). An unlimited music streaming option for the PC will cost 10 Euros per month.

The new store will be part of Nokia's new Ovi portal, according to the company. Referring to the Finnish word for "door," the site will help mobile users easily reach the Music Store as well as N-Gage game downloads and updates to Nokia Maps.

Accompanying the release are two new phones in Nokia's music-oriented, mainstream XpressMusic series. The aluminum-trimmed 5610 slider comes with a music-friendly front interface, support for 4GB microSD cards, and up to 22 hours of audio playback. It also comes ready for video with a 3.2-megapixel camera, 3G Internet access, and a 2.2-inch LCD with 16.7 million visible colors. A simplified model, the 5310 XpressMusic, shares the 4GB support and 16.7 million colors but shifts media keys to the side of the smaller 2-inch screen, drops 3G, and comes with a more modest 2-megapixel camera.

Both of these phones will support the Nokia Music Store and should be available in the fall for 225 and 300 Euros ($307 and $409) before service discounts. No indication was made as to whether both phones would provide full support for US networks.

5610 XpressMusic (left), 5310 XpressMusic (right)

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  1. jarod

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    My grandmother will be opening an online music store too next month. She is SURE to take out iTUNES!

  1. stainless

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    When are people going to.

    When are people from the corporate world learn that Window Media format is DEAD to the consumer!? Nokia of all companies falling for the same trap that MTV fell for, you remember URGE that music store that MTV create with M$ and about two weeks ago dropped all support, site, etc. Only to merge with Real, who is also a false consumer player. Consumers want MP3, ACC (mp4 unlocked) or live with itunes' ACC (m4a [mp4] locked)... I give Nokia about 6 months (or 1 million dollar loss) before they release this all together.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001



    Companies can't win. Someone comes out with an iPod like device, and people tell them to wise up, people like the ipod because of the iPod/iTunes/iTMS homogeny. Then someone comes out with a service that has that, and then they complain that its no iTunes so its c***. Hey, at least people are trying.

    When are people from the corporate world learn that Window Media format is DEAD to the consumer!?...Consumers want MP3, ACC (mp4 unlocked) or live with itunes' ACC (m4a [mp4] locked)... I give Nokia about 6 months (or 1 million dollar loss) before they release this all together.

    So what would you have them do? They can't sell unprotected music (no one let's them - and, h***, even if they could, if they sell MP3, they get ripped for using ancient technology that no one wants).

    And they can't go with AAC-locked, as you put it, because Apple won't license it to anyone (music stores or player manufacturers) so they can keep all the sales to themselves.

    And why exactly is Windows Media more dead than any other DRM scheme?

  1. VHMP01

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    Let them...

    Basically, because they have to hang as long as they can to the only real hit Apple has had in the last decades… iTunes and iPod. You know, after uncovering that their so call Original and Innovative iPhone has just copied ideas that already existed (including the multi-touch) and it not having all the features other devices do, at higher costs for consumers and lock to plans they obligate. AppleTV not a hit or their Tablet copied project also at stake. Brings them back to pure marketing, but people won’t fall on just marketing for a decade or so again.

  1. lamewing

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    Joined: Aug 2004


    AAC locked

    Actually they could sell AAC protected files, but just not AAC files protected with Apple's "fairplay".

  1. lamewing

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    Joined: Aug 2004



    I am confused about one issue. Someone mentioned that they cannot sell non-DRMed music.

    I have found albums/songs on iTunes that have DRM and yet the same album is available on Amazon (and another legal .mp3 servcie - just forgot the name!!!) without any DRM.

    It is obvious that some labels will sell songs without DRM, but companies like Apple, etc choose to add DRM because they can...even thought Jobs declares that it is all the labels idea!!! He is such a liar.

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