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 →
The BBC and Nokia have announced that iPlayer support will be available for the handset maker’s much-anticipated N96 smartphone.
iPlayer is already available through devices including the iPhone, Wii, PS3 and via Virgin Media, now Nokia has collaborated with the BBC to build an application which will let N96 users both download and stream iPlayer content over both 3G and Wi-Fi.
Enabling over the air show downloads is likely to be a plus for potential N96 purchasers – that and the up to 24GB capacity of the device. Even the iPhone can’t access BBC shows over 3G… 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 →
Wheelock is VP & Chief Research Officer at ABI Research. He will host a four-hour afternoon conference track which will explore how community, collaboration, social networking, and content sharing are critical to a successful mobile entertainment strategy. Continue reading →
Microsoft may be working with Nokia to cook up a Zune phone to take on the iPhone, sources claim.
As reported by Electric Pig, Zunescene is claiming that Nokia will be building the hardware for the new Zune phone, with Microsoft’s support, the two partners will be making a “all out assault” on Apple, the report explains.
It appears Nokia is currently working with Microsoft on the integration of Zune Marketplace content, however, Nokia has its own music store in the form of the Nokia Music Store. Will Zune Marketplace be subsumed into the new service.
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.”
Faced with Google’s location-savvy Android platform and the new and improved Apple iPhone, Nokia has reached a strategic deal to acquire a social networking service with location-aware features, Plazes, for an undisclosed amount.
Plazes provides a context-aware social-activity service that people can use to plan, record, and share their social activities: why they are at a given location at a given time, whether in the past, present or future.
“This acquisition helps Nokia to accelerate its vision of bringing people and places closer together, in line with our broader services strategy,” said Niklas Savander, Head of Nokia Services & Software.
Nokia hopes to extend its services with social presence and time-based activity planning features.
The agreement is subject to customary closing conditions and is
expected to close in the third quarter 2008.
Plazes users can update their location through their laptop or mobile phone, and update their online presence with their current, past and future whereabouts, making it easier to hook up with family, friends and any crazed axe murderers who may have ended up in your contacts list (OK, we invented that last bit).