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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  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

    2. Download and install the Winamp Plug-in Output Stacker

    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


  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.

  5. Nokia is a Finnish company which proved itself to be really innovative … then!

    Now the rot’s setting in.

    [Thinks … I hope this doesn’t happen to Apple after it’s doubled its market share.]

    Magic word:- ‘bed’.
    You can never be too careful about who you get into bed with.

  6. Nokia is a Finnish company which was innovative once … now it’s Finished as far as this consumer is concerned. As far as Moto is concerned, if they have a phone that doesn’t play music or video, or do email or take snapshots and doesn’t look like [expletive deleted] then I might consider it.

  7. NoM$PlayerforYou!

    If I wanted to steal music I could do so on the P2P networks. Although that strategy is exactly what will bring Janus DRM down, I agree with SJ that it’s bad karma to do it. 79p is a tiny amount to pay for a song I listen to maybe hundreds of times.

    With most people in the world still associating Napster with free music, however, I can see millions of people will use exactly that method.

    Look out for Gorog’s CV on Jobserve any time soon.

  8. Nokia said the cooperation had come out of long-term work by both companies on industry forums to widen the use of open standards.

    I’m confused… what does the above have to do with WMA – a closed standard?

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