Although competing with Apple
is not top of the agenda, analysts forecast that the "Comes with Music
Handset" will be a major hit. Users can transfer downloaded music to
their PCs and will be able to do this for the first year – tracks will
be able to keep thereafter.
that Comes With Music will transform the way people enjoy music," said
Tero Ojanpera, head of Nokia’s entertainment and communities business
said in a statement "With unlimited music access for a year, you can
enjoy your favorite artists or delve into new genres without having to
worry about individual track or album purchases."
prices for the service not yet released, Paulo Pescatore, an analyst
with research firm CCS Insight, estimated it will cost around £170 –
but the service which is available to anyone who buys a 5310 Nokia
Handset is only £69.
There is no operators signed up as of yet, but head of content at O2,
Antony Douglas said: "We want to make sure we offer our customers a
wide choice of options to get the maximum benefit of music through O2
and will be watching Nokia’s "Comes with Music" package with interest,"
Vodafone’s MusicStation costs £1.99 a week and gives customers unlimited access to a catalogue of 1.2 million songs.