Nokia drops free music from smartphones

Darren Allan

January 17, 2011

Nokia has canned its bundled music service, Ovi Music Unlimited, in most markets including the UK.

Some new Nokia phones came bundled with the free music downloads, but won’t any longer, except for in a couple of territories.

PC Pro reports that Nokia buyers in China, India and Indonesia will still get a year’s free subscription to Ovi Music Unlimited with selected handsets, and six months will be provided in Brazil, South Africa and Turkey.

Everyone else can forget about the scheme completely, it seems, and evidently Nokia will want to as well, given that it can’t have been all that successful.

A Nokia spokesperson told PC Pro: “Naturally, there will be no disruption to the service for our existing customers in these markets or anyone who in the future purchases an Ovi Music Unlimited edition device from stores while stocks last – they can continue to enjoy unlimited downloads for the duration of their original Ovi Music Unlimited subscription and keep those tracks forever.”

Nokia points to the fact that customers want a DRM-free solution when it comes to their music as one of the reasons that the service didn’t work out.


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