In the UK we got to experience Nokia’s Comes With Music service on 2 October 2008. Now those living upside down in Australia have their chance to download all the tunes they want and play with the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic phone.
For those not familiar with Comes With Music, here’s Nokia’s original description:
“Customers who buy a Comes With Music device will be able to explore and enjoy a diverse catalogue of music of international and local artists with unlimited access to millions of tracks for a year, keeping the music once the year is over and revolutionising their digital music experience.”
That’s what Australia can look forward to on the 20 March, along with Nokia’s first mass market touch screen device – the 5800 XpressMusic.
However, Emile Baak, General Manager, Nokia Australia and New Zealand, could be seen as overselling the prospect a little.
“While the hot-selling Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has already sold a million devices worldwide [Nokia announced on 23 January 2009 that it has shipped its millionth Nokia 5800 XpressMusic device], Australians we will be among the first in the world to get their hands on a Comes With Music-enabled Nokia 5800 XpressMusic when it hits the stores next month,” he said.
When a million people already have it, can you really consider yourself one of the first in the world if you buy one too?
Anyway, the Australian Nokia Music Store has over four million tracks from local and international artists.
Consumers can either download direct to their 5800 XpressMusic handset or direct to PC and transfer the music across to the device and, unlike most subscription services, anything they download is theirs to keep.
The recommended retail price for Nokia 5800 XpressMusic with 12 months subscription to Comes With Music is $979 Australian.
The 5800 XpressMusic will also be available with selected service providers with an 18 month Comes With Music subscription at an RRP of $1109.