Nokia Pushes U.S. Comes With Music Launch Back to 2010
Nokia has told Forbes that it is delaying the launch of its Comes With Music service for the U.S. market. It was preparing to launch the music feature on phones in the U.S. later this year, but has indicated that the launch will now take place some time in 2010. The service first launched in October 2008 in the U.K. and eventually expanded to several other countries. Comes With Music offers unlimited music downloads (laden with DRM) for a period of 12 to 18 months with the purchase of certain new handsets.
Pandora Launches Premium Music Service
Pandora today finally launched its long-awaited Pandora Premium music service for mobile devices and the web. Pandora Premium is a $10-per-month music streaming service that competes with Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play Music.
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.
Sony Bags Music Unlimited In Favor of Spotify
Sony today said it will replace its Music Unlimited service on Xperia phones and tablets, and the PlayStations 3 and 4 gaming consoles with Spotify. Sony said Music Unlimited will go offline March 29 in all 19 countries in which it is currently offered, including the U.S.
Amazon Music Unlimited Gains Family Plan
Following its promise to do so earlier this year, Amazon today launched a family plan option for its Amazon Music Unlimited service. The family plan costs $15 per month (or $150 per year) and gives up to six family members all the benefits of the streaming music service.
Rok MVNO to Combine Mobile with Music
A new MVNO called Rok Mobile plans to offer a merged mobile-and-music service when it launches in July. The company is working with two unnamed carriers (one GSM, one CDMA) to resell access to LTE 4G networks, but it will also bundle in its own streaming music service as part of the core offering.