Nokia is announcing their Comes With Music program today.Â With this new service, you will be able to download and keep any tracks you buy when your subscription is active.Â That’s right – if you download music, you get to keep it forever.Â Additionally, when you buy a Comes With Music device (such as the new 5800 XpressMusic), you get a free year of unlimited access.
Think of the possibilities this creates – when you hear a song your friend has and you want to check it out, you can just get on your Nokia handset and instantly download the song with no worries of having to purchase it for $0.99.Â All music is included in your subscription, allowing for spontanous music discovery and acquisition.
Popular Nseries phones such as the N95 and upcoming N96 phones will have access to Comes With Music.Â The compatible devices being announced today are the Nokia N95 8GB and the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic.
EMI and many independent labels have signed on with Nokia, with more coming soon.
The official press release follows:
October 2, 2008
Nokia launches pioneering âComes With Musicâ digital entertainment service
New service offers customers unprecedented freedom and value
EMI Music, independents and music publishers join offering
Nokia Remix, London, United Kingdom and Singapore âÂ At the Nokia Remix event held today in London and
Singapore, Nokia announced the debut of its pioneering Comes with Music digital entertainment service which offers consumers a new way to discover and enjoy music.Â Customers who buy a Comes With Music device will be able to explore and enjoy a diverse catalog 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 revolutionizingtheir digital music experience.
âComes With Music sets a precedent for consumer value and convenience that the rest of the digital enter-
tainment industry is already copying,â said Tero OjanperÃ¤, executive vice president and head of the Nokia en- tertainment and communities business. âTrying out a music recommendation is spontaneous as customers can download without worrying about the cost of an album or a track – the freedom and simplicity of the ser- vice is unparalleled. And Comes With Music gives you unlimited access to the millions of tracks in the Nokia Music Store and the music is all yours to keep â because itâs not a revolution unless you get to keep your mu-sic.â
Comes With Music offers one year of unlimited access to the entire Nokia Music Store catalogue and customers can keep all the music that they have downloaded at the end of the year to continue enjoying their music col- lection. Comes With Music will be available across a range of Nokia devices, including the new Nokia 5800 XpressMusic â also announced today and the Nokia N95 8GB and Nokia 5310 XpressMusic. With more than 10 million units sold globally since its introduction last year, the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic is the best selling music phone in the world.
EMI Music has joined as the latest major label to support Comes With Music.
“With the launch of Nokia’s Comes With Music, fans now have a new avenue to find and enjoy music from
EMI’s catalogue, and our artists have a powerful new way to reach their fans,” said Douglas Merrill, president,
digital business, for EMI Music. “By encouraging music discovery in an innovative and consumer-friendly envi-
ronment, Comes With Music will continue to push experimentation in the digital music industry.”
Comes With Music will also feature a tremendous selection of independent music, courtesy of deals with The
Orchard (NASD: ORCD), Beggars Group, IODA, the Ministry of Sound, PIAS and Pinnacle. These companies join Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group in supporting Comes With Mu- sic. Nokia has also secured music publishing rights from CELAS on behalf of EMI Music Publishing, GEMA on be- half of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, SACEM on behalf of Universal Music Publishing, as well as the MCPS-PRS.
The United Kingdom will be the first market to offer Comes With Music with sales planned to start on October 17, 2008. The Nokia 5310 XpressMusic Comes With Music edition is expected to cost Â£129.99 and people can pre-register their orders for Comes With Music devices from Carphone Warehouse at http://www.carphonewarehouse.com.