Nokia’s fatally flawed ‘Comes With Music’ service no Apple ‘iTunes Store killer’

“Nokia’s ‘Comes With Music’ service, and while the proposition may appear attractive, it’s already being slammed as ‘fatally flawed’ by some detractors,” Jonny Evans reports for Macworld UK.

“How it works: Nokia Comes With Music offers a year of unlimited access to music all within the Pay As You Go handset cost of £129.95. It launches 16 October,” Evans reports.

“The service allows tracks to be downloaded directly to your computer, from where they can then be transferred to the handset. Downloaded tracks can be kept on the handset or PC – but that’s where the problems begin,” Evans reports.

“Customers must register their PC and their Comes With Music device to their account before any content can be downloaded and content can then only be downloaded/synchronised between the two devices registered to the account at any one time,” Evans reports.

“Once the year’s subscription is complete, customers can keep all of their music – but two years after that one year period, users will be able to keep the content on their current device/PC but will no longer be able to transfer it to other computers,” Evans reports. “And, because the music is shrouded in DRM, they won’t be able to burn it to CD or keep it in some other way – in other words, the music won’t belong to them forever.”

Full article here.

Heavily-DRM’ed music stuck in an old device with a very limited lifespan doesn’t sound at all ‘unlimited’ to us.


  1. “But there are also lots of music that would be nice to have, but I don’t want/need it enough to make a purchase. “

    It’s all about price. If iPods came with a 2yr music subscription in the price, who would ever buy songs again? You’d just pick up a new iPod every 2 years, which lets face it, between lust for new hardware and iPod battery lifetime being what it is, you were going to do anyway. What premium would you pay for such an iPod? $96? $48? $24? $12? There’s a level at which renting would be an easy decision for most consumers.

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