Nokia announced that Sony BMG Music has joined the handset maker’s unlimited music download service, Comes With Music. The service offers one year of unlimited music downloads with the purchase of new music-compatible mobile phone.
“As one of the leading major music companies in the world, our collaboration with Sony BMG means we can offer a huge range of fantastic music from both international and local artists,” said Tero Ojanperä, executive vice president and head of the Nokia Entertainment and Communities business, in a statement. “It’s great to have them on board as we move forward with bringing our unlimited music bundle to the market.”
Nokia originally announced the service in conjunction with Universal Music. Along with downloading unlimited songs to handsets, customers also will be able to access their music from a PC.
Comes With Music is expected to launch in the second half of 2008 on a range of Nokia devices in selected markets.
Nokia also announced two new music-enabled XpressMusic handsets: the Nokia 5320 XpressMusic and Nokia 5220 XpressMusic. Both are expected to begin shipping in Q3 2008, in the retail price range of $254 to $350 before subsidies.
The Nokia 5320 XpressMusic comes with a new voice-controlled Say and Play feature, dedicated XpressMusic keys, a 3.5mm audio jack, up to 24 hours of playback time, an audio chip for hi-fi sound quality, extendable memory up to 8 GB, HS-USB for fast music transfer and HSDPA for fast access to data.
The Nokia 5220 XpressMusic features an asymmetrical design, up to 24 hours playback time, dedicated XpressMusic keys and a 3.5mm audio jack.