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Nokia Comes With Music not that free afterall

Dec 5 2007, 2:02am CST | by , in News | Mobile Phones

Nokia Comes With Music not that free afterall
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Yesterday Nokia announced the Comes with Music program, where you get a year of free music from a catalog of millions of tracks with the purchase of a device. You can keep the downloaded music after that free subscription expires.

Arstechnica took a closer look and discovered some DRM related restriction to this awesome sounding deal. The key to the discovery is that Nokia partnered with Universal Music, which announced an Apple iTunes Rival just a couple of weeks ago.
Universal Music charges carriers or manufacturers a subscription fee of $5 per month so they can offer free music to customers.
Nokia is the first to join this program. Which would be fine by itself, but Nokia is apparently using Microsoft's PlaysForSure DRM to prevent you from burning the downloaded tracks to CDs or converting them for use on other music players. You would have to purchase un upgrade for each track.
To renew your subscription you are supposed to buy a new Nokia phone.
More details on Arstechnica.

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