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.
Google to Merge Google Play Music and YouTube Red
Google plans to shake up its music offering and ad-free video service, according to statements made by Lyor Cohen, the head of Google Play Music. As it stands today, Google Play Music is available to a single person for $10 per month and families for $15 per month.
In Boon to Cricket Customers, Google Home Gains Deezer Music Streaming Service
Deezer this week said its music streaming service will soon be available for streaming on the Google Home smart speaker. Deezer competes with Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple Music, and Amazon Music Unlimited.
Microsoft Pauses Groove Music, Spins New Tune with Spotify
Microsoft today announced changes to its music offering for Windows devices that will see it transition from its own Groove Music service to Spotify. According to Microsoft, the Groove Music media player application will continue to work for playing back owned music on Windows devices, but it will no longer offer the option to stream, purchase, or download music after December 31.