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Nokia’s Music Store Goes Live…for the UK. Doh!

November 1, 2007 in Wireless Industry News

Move over, iTunes. Nokia’s bid to topple the current king of downloadable music off the web went two steps forward today, with the official release of the Nokia Music Store – but only for UK residents.

Individual songs cost 80p and albums start at 8 pounds, and both are available for streaming or download. As a “try before you buy” type of deal, you can preview 30 seconds of every song on the site. It’s pretty fast too, although the snippet quality leaves a little to be desired. (actual music quality is 192kbit WMA)

Nokia Music Store is live for UK residents.

The Nokia Music Store has arrived, for UK residents.

You can also opt for an alternative method of listening to music: unlimited music streaming costs 8 pounds a month.

There are some minor caveats with the service:

To download any music from the site, you need to install Nokia’s Media Bar, a little activex applet.

You only get a certain number of download licenses – so if you download a song to your home PC, then decide to re-download the song to your mobile phone, you’ll use up one of these licenses. Unfortunately, it doesn’t say how many licenses you get. Sounds like Bioshock to me.

The site launches a virtual barrage of albums and songs at you, from the get go. There’s like 40 something albums + tracks on the front page and it feels like it’s all up in your face.

On the plus site, like Apple’s iTunes, there’s a free track of the week. This week it’s Freemasons – Nothing But a Heartache.

Not to mention that newly registered users on Nokia’s Music Store site also get entered into a chance to win one of five Nokia N81 phones.

So what’s the deal with the USA version? Who knows, maybe we’ll see it when we see the N81…

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