Nokia to use Microsoft’s music formats on its handsets

“Nokia and Microsoft, which have a history as rivals, have decided to work together when it comes to mobile music. Nokia, the leading cellphone manufacturer and a longtime Microsoft competitor in mobile phone software, said Monday that it had agreed to use Microsoft’s music formats on its handsets,” Victoria Shannon reports for The International Herald Tribune.

“At the moment, digital music is largely carried on portable players that are intended strictly for music, like the iPod made by Apple Computer. But hardware, software, music and phone companies agree that there is a mass market – particularly among young people – for music on demand that is sent over the air to cellphones,” Shannon reports. “The companies made their announcements at the 3GSMWorld Congress, a cellphone trade show here… Until now, Nokia has been using an internally developed program or music software made by RealNetworks.”

“Nokia [and] Microsoft… are among those trying to horn in on Apple’s success with the iPod, which works with Apple’s iTunes software. A Motorola cellphone with iTunes is planned for the spring,” Shannon reports. “Amir Majidimehr, corporate vice president of Windows Digital Media, said Nokia and Microsoft had begun discussions on the mobile music deal about four months ago. Nokia said the cooperation had come out of long-term work by both companies on industry forums to widen the use of open standards. Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia executive vice president for multimedia, said the agreement on music software could lead to future partnerships.”

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23 Comments

  1. ‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend.’

    Not when it’s the Redmond beast.

    I hope Nokia wrote a ‘weasel clause’ into that contract they signed with Microsoft. They’ll need to use it after they realize what they’ve gotten themselves into.

  2. Nokia partners with everyone (except for Apple … yet).

    They have multiple player support (Real, Windows Player, MP3, MP4, others), multiple video clients (H.263, Real, Windows Media), multiple DRM support (OMA, Windows DRM), multiple mail clients (Blackberry, Exchange Server, some Nokia stuff, POP3, iMap), multiple wireless support (WiFi, GSM, WCDMA, etc.).

    I think the strategy with Microsoft/Loudeye is the wrong direction, too.

    Maybe sense will prevail and we will see an effort to port a QT player to Symbian as well as iTunes/iTMS/FairPlay/two-way syncing/over-the-air downloads of iTMS tracks, etc.

    I fear the wait will be long … arghhhhh

  3. Burning through Napster’s collection, free

    Hundreds of music CDs, zero dollars*, obtained legally.
    *Not including the cost of blank CDs, PC only.

    0. Download and install Napster, sign up for 14 day free trial.

    1. Download and install Winamp
    http://www.winamp.com/

    2. Download and install the Winamp Plug-in Output Stacker
    http://www.winamp.com/plugins/details.php?id=86033

    3. Open Winamp Options->Plug-ins->Output->Dietmar’s Output Stacker->Configure
    a. Add out_ds.dll from Winamp/Plug-ins folder
    b. Add out_disk.dll from Winamp/Plug-ins folder
    c. Select out_disk.dll in the Output Stacker->Configure
    d. Set the output directory and output file mode to Force WAV file
    e. Exit preferences

    4. Load downloaded Napster protected WMAs into your Winamp playlist

    5. Press play and each file will be converted to WAV as it plays

    6. Burn WAVs to CD with your favorite burning program

    TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS!

  4. Do you actually have to do the step of burning to CDs with that? Isn’t the DRM removed once it is in the WAV format? Can you just use iTunes to convert it to MP3 or AAC or whatever from there without burning? If not rest assured someone will come up with something so you can.

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