Nokia confirmed for Ars Technica that its Comes With Music service will be launched in the U.S. before the end of 2009. It was previously believed to be on a launch schedule for early 2009. Comes With Music is a music subscription service whereby users buy a phone and receive a year of unlimited access to Nokia's music store, which has some 4 million tracks available. Users are allowed to keep all the songs downloaded after the yearly subscription lapses. The only way to renew the subscription is to buy another Comes With Music phone. The cost of the service is built into the sale price of the phone. Nokia did not say if it has a deal in place with a U.S. network operator, but did say that talks are in progress.
What idiots are running Nokia? Has it dawned on them they're getting their butts handed to them?
Have these guys heard of 'iTunes?' Or Limewire? Or any of the other 8 million sites people go to to get 'free' music? Have these guys missed the memo that Apple controls the digital pay-for-music scene singlehandedly and nobody in this country gives a rats ass about a crappy proprietary service that is tied to a (not-an-iPhone) cell phone that is only good for a year?
This service is stupid on so many levels I don't know where to begin. No way in hell is anyone going to pay more money upfront for a Nokia because it comes with a 'subscription' service that replicates what someone can do for free.
When Express Music store is added to the Nokia Ovi portal it then makes sense. Nokia Ovi is what itunes is to Apple. Ovi allows for the Nokia user to sync contacts, maps, music, photos/video, gaming, calendar, and file storage directly from their phon... (continues)
I find it ironic that the only way that you can renew your subscription is to buy a new phone after your 1 year subscription runs out. This is especially ironic considering that most phone plans in the US lock people in for 2 years (that should make it easier for them to get picked up by a user carrier;) ). I find that Finnish are usually more "green", and this seems anything but...unless you are talking green cash money.
green has nothing to do with this. its a great idea. a year of unlimited downloads music wise would definitly add value to a phone i may other wise have not looked at. Nokia never mentio9ned these were cheap phones or throw awayphones. and since Nokia... (continues)