Nokia opens Music Store


The new features are part of Nokias expansion of its Internet services called Ovi, meaning door in Finish. As part of Ovi the group will launch the Nokia Music Store and N-Gage, which will enable users to download all the latest music and games.

The Nokia Music Store will allow customers to download music via their computer or directly from Nokia devices, beginning with the new Nokia N81 and Nokia N95 8GB.

The Music Store will contain millions of tracks from popular artists and thousands from worldwide independent labels. Customers can download single songs for 1 EUR or albums for 10 EUR they also have the ability to stream their favourite tracks. Users can also transfer purchased songs between Nokia devices and PCs without incurring any additional costs.

Nokia head of music activities Tommi Mustonen said: ‘The Nokia Music Store brings together a powerful combination of great music and great devices in an easy to use way. You can select from a huge range of music, including local music from your country, and download it directly to your Nokia device.

‘You can choose between purchasing tracks a la carte via your Nokia device or computer, or you can stream an unlimited number of full length tracks to your computer. The unlimited streaming is a great way to discover new music and the integrated mobile and PC download service is a fantastic way to build a music collection that is always with you.’

The N-Gage service allows users to buy the latest games directly to Nokia devices as well as previewing upcoming releases and download free demos. Customers can either purchase games by entering credit card details or by adding it to their monthly phone bill.

Nokia head of games business Jaakko Kaidesoja said: ‘The N-Gage service combined with powerful devices, world class titles and brands, and interactive social networking features, takes the mobile gaming experience beyond traditional boundaries.’