Nokia’s launch of its all-you-can-eat music subscription service, Comes With Music, appears to have slammed into some unexpected hurdles – the company appears to have not yet finalised its music publishing deal – a deal it needs to offer the service legally.
Music Week reports that, while the UK will be the first territory to see the service debut on the Nokia 531D XpressMusic handset, Nokia neglected to conclude talks with music publishers before announcing the deal.
Perhaps a bigger problem is that market chatter indicates Nokia to be already paying handsomely for the right to distribute free music from such a grand catalogue – and it may be the company hasn’t included the fees from publishers, as these haven’t been agreed yet. Continue reading →
Nokia this week announced the UK will be the first country in which it will launch the service, which offers Nokia 5310 XpressMusic handset customers free access to over 2.1 million tracks.
“In general, adoption of most mobile music services has so far been slow and disappointing,” Informa Telecoms & Media notes. “Nokia hopes to change this trend and therefore unlike most other music services, “Comes With Music” will allow users to keep and listen to all the downloaded music even after the one year subscription period ends. However, many media reports have raised concerns on the business model and whether Nokia will be able to make any profit from the service.” Continue reading →
Nokia has agreed a deal with major label Warner Music Group under which content from the label will be made available as part of the mobile maker’s “Comes With Music” initiative.
Set to debut later in the year, Comes With Music is a scheme in which some Nokia handsets will be sold with a free subscription to an unlimited music service for the device. Content is tethered to one device and one PC, but at the end of the year users will be able to keep their downloaded songs. Warner also agreed to make its music catalogue available through Nokia’s music stores around the world.
“Warner Music Group has been a pioneer in developing new digital music business models and we are very pleased to have them supporting both the Nokia Music Store and Comes With Music,” said Tero Ojanperä, executive vice president and head of the Nokia Entertainment and Communities business.
“Nokia’s Comes With Music service will be a significant step forward in the evolution of digital music. It’s the first global initiative to fundamentally align the interests of music companies with telecommunications companies,” said Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Warner MusicGroup’s Chairman and CEO. “All parties are equally driven to create the best and most comprehensive music offering designed to meet the ever-expanding consumer appetite for music and music-enabled devices.”