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Nokia debuting Comes With Music in UK this year

updated 07:35 am EDT, Tue September 2, 2008

Comes With Music UK

Nokia this morning provided some of the earliest launch details for its long-delayed Comes With Music service, its cooperative attempt at changing the business model for mobile music. The feature will first launch as an exclusive for UK cellphone retailer Carphone Warehouse and will first be available only through a Comes With Music edition of Nokia's 5310 XpressMusic; customers will pay extra for the phone itself but receive a year's worth of unlimited Windows Media-formatted music downloads that they can keep even if they choose not to renew.

The Finnish cellphone maker again declines to provide specific launch details but explains that Carphone Warehouse will be the exclusive source for prepaid versions of the modified 5310 in the UK until the end of 2008; fuller details of the launch will be made public through a special event in early October.

Comes With Music was first proposed by music label Universal in December 2007 as an attempt to evade traditional pay-per-download and subscription models for music; the company has grown frustrated with an inability to dictate pricing at online stores such as iTunes and has seen little return on monthly subscription services, which were some of the earliest forms of legal online music.

The label has since earned support from Sony and Warner but has yet to earn any endorsement from EMI or smaller independent labels, reducing the total available catalog. Nokia also originally hinted that it would make Comes With Music available on high-end phones but has yet to follow through on this plan.

By Electronista Staff


  1. resuna

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    Unlimited downloads?

    The only way this can work is if that's unlimited downloads they can keep (even if they choose not to renew) so long as they only play them on the specific phone they're purchased for ... that is, it's not transferrable. And it's probably limited to the capacity of the phone, in practice.

  1. Guest

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    Joined: Nov 1999


    of course

    they've been 'announcing' comes with music for almost 2 years now, and not once have they actually explain how exactly it will work.

    You need to ask yourself: "What aren't they telling you?"

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