Unlimited and Legal downloads for over four millions songs now available to the Middle East
Nokia couldn’t have chosen a better location than the Music Hall in the vibrant city of Beirut to launch their “Comes with Music” service for the Middle East. Along with the service, Nokia also launched the X6 mobile handset which will be first and only device at the moment to support this new service.
“Comes With Music” is the first for the region- a legal and digital store than allows you to freely download as many songs as you want from the OVI store for an entire year from the time you activate the code that comes with every purchased X6 device. Nokia had partnered with global players such as Universal, Sony, EMI and Warner as well as regional distributors such as Rotana, Platinum and Mazika to provide access to a library that has more than four million songs at the moment with more added daily. “Comes with music” is going to be available in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, the Palestine territory, Egypt, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE for the moment. Nokia is hopeful that Syria will also be added to that list in the future.
All songs on the “Comes with Music” platform will be protected through DRM which will only allow playback through the OVI Music Player on a PC or a Nokia handset with the “Comes with Music” service. You cannot transfer songs from one PC to another or any portable device that does not offer the “Comes with Music” service. Mac users are unfortunately left in the cold as there is no OVI Music Player client for OS X as of yet and considering the war going on between Nokia and Apple, I don’t think we’ll see one any time soon.
The X6 is a follow up to the Music Express and is a bit nicer to look at and a bit smaller/lighter in size. It features a 3.2″ 16:9 aspect touch screen and 16GB memory onboard. Along with that you also get OVI Maps, OVI Mail and an advertised battery life of 35 hours as a music player. The unit will retail for approximately US$600 which includes the “Comes with Music” service when launched in the next couple of weeks. It would be interesting to see how this platform advances considering the drop in price that every handset goes through a few months down the road.
I personally think that “Comes with Music” is an excellent idea for a region that has been plagued with astonishing levels of piracy. For $600, you are getting access to an incredible amount of music for a full year along with a decent handset. While the songs you download don’t expire, the subscription does after a year and Nokia did not provide any indication on the renewal pricing.