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.
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.
Apple Music Is $10/Month
Apple today announced Apple Music, its new streaming music service. In addition to streaming the entire iTunes catalog, the service includes curated playlists.
HMD Global Trots Out the Nokia 130, an Entry-Level Feature Phone
HMD Global today announced the Nokia 130, a bar-style handset that runs the Series 30+ platform with basic connectivity apps and a handful of simple games. The handset has a 1.8-inch screen, number pad, 1,020mAh battery, Bluetooth, music player, FM radio, and headphone jack.
Apple Music Gets the Attention of Antitrust Regulators
New York and Connecticut want to be sure Apple Music, the new streaming service announced by Apple this week, doesn't violate antitrust rules. Universal Music Group, responding to requests from the attorneys general of New York and Connecticut, said it is not colluding with Apple nor its rivals to impede competition in the music streaming market.
Facebook Signs Agreement with Universal that Will Let Users Post Licensed Music and Videos
Facebook today said it has signed a licensing agreement with Universal Music Group that will give users of the social network new access to music and video content owned by Universal. Specifically, people "will be able to upload videos that contain licensed music and personalize their music experiences on Facebook, Instagram and Oculus, while sharing videos with friends and family." The company said the agreement will eventually include access to Universal's vast music library across Facebook, Instagram, and Oculus.