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Appeared on: Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Nokia Signs Sony BMG For Free Music Offering

Nokia will offer free 12-month access to music from artists of Sony BMG to buyers of its particular music phones, the world's top cellphone maker said on Tuesday.

Last December, Nokia unveiled a similar deal for its "Comes With Music" phones with the top record label Universal.

"Comes With Music is expected to launch in the second half of 2008 on a range of Nokia devices in selected markets," Nokia said in a statement.

The new music offering from Nokia would differ from any other package on the market as users can keep all the music they have downloaded during the 12 months. At the end of the one year period, they can keep their downloaded tracks and, should they purchase a new compatible device or computer, they can transfer their downloaded material by substituting their new device or computer for the original devices.

Once the subscription is over users will be able to continue to purchase additional tracks from the Nokia Music Store, or move on to a Nokia "unlimited access" subscription service to enjoy new releases and catalog tracks not downloaded during the initial year.

Such unlimited download models could offer a shot in the arm to the music industry, which is struggling to find ways to make up for falling CD sales.

Nokia said it expects all top labels to sign up for "Comes With Music" offering.


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