Nokia Offers Free Year's Worth of Music with New Handsets
Nokia revealed a new program today called Comes With Music. Nokia will offer handset users free access to music from their handset for one year. Once the year is up, users can continue or halt the subscription. Either way, they can keep all the music they've downloaded during the course of the year. The catalog of music to be available will start with that from Universal Music Group. Nokia is talking to other labels to add their catalogs as well. Nokia did not state when the program will launch, how exactly music will be browsed and delivered to the handset, which handsets the service will be compatible with, nor which countries this service would work in.
Amazon Brings Prime Music to Smartphones
Amazon today launched Prime Music, its own streaming music service. Prime Music is free to those who subscribe to Amazon Prime ($99/year), which also offers perks such as discounted shipping and Amazon Instant Video.
Apple Releases Apple Music for Android
Apple today published a beta version of Apple Music in the Google Play Store. The app offers owners of Android handsets Apple's monthly music service.
YouTube to Launch Own Music Service
YouTube is preparing to launch a paid music service in order to compete with similar offerings from Pandora and Spotify. "We're adding subscription-based features for music on YouTube with this in mind — to bring our music partners new revenue streams in addition to the hundreds of millions of dollars YouTube already generates for them each year," said YouTube in a statement provided to Reuters.
AT&T Quietly Hits Stop on Beats Music Promo
AT&T has ceased offering a discount on the Beats Music subscription service. Since early this year, the carrier offered access to the streaming service for $15 per month for families with up to five lines and 10 devices.