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.
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.
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.
Apple to Shutter Beats Music November 30
Beats Music will close the doors to its music streaming service at the end of the month. According to details posted on Beats' web site, all subscriptions will be cancelled as of Nov.
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.
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.