Nokia Phones No Longer 'Coming With Music'
Nokia has decided to shutter its Comes With Music service in 27 markets after just over two years. The service bundled free music with select handsets for one year from the purchase date. The service launched in the U.K. first, followed by other markets during the early parts of 2009 and was supported by all four of the major music labels. It gained little traction, about which one spokesperson said, "The markets clearly want a DRM-free music service." Customers will continue to have access to their music until their current subscription runs out.
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.
Samsung Warns Music Hub Customers to Download Tracks
Samsung recently began to email customers in an effort to alert them about the pending shut-down of its Music Hub service. The service will officially go offline July 1.
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.
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.