Nokia Music store launches Tuesday

Already up and running in the UK and several European nations, the Nokia Music Store is set to go live in Australia on Tuesday.

Already up and running in the UK and several European nations, the Nokia Music Store is set to go live in Australia on Tuesday.

With three of the four major labels on board (Universal, SonyBMG, EMI) and a slew of local indies joining up as well, Nokia hopes to offer their mobile phone users an alternative to iTunes when it comes to downloading their favourite tunes.

Tracks will be available for $1.70 and entire albums for $17. Most noteworthy however is the streaming service, which will allow subscribers unlimited access to streamed tracks for a monthly fee of $10.

While many OS online music stores are adopting the DRM free model of distribution (notably Amazon) the Nokia music store will incorporate DRM software to prevent piracy.

The system will however allow users who download tracks to their mobile to then sync them to their computers. Tracks are available at 192 kbps in WMA format and at this stage users will be required to use Windows Media Player 11 to access the their tracks.

A Nokia Music PC client is due to be available in the second half of the year.

Check out the site from Tuesday April 22 at music.nokia.com.au



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