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Nokia announces Australian Music Store - What's New? Nokia announces Australian Music Store

17 April 2008
Reported by Angus Leung

At a press event at their Sydney headquarters, Nokia today announced that their Australian-based online music store, the aptly named Nokia Music Store, will open its doors to users on Tuesday 22nd April.

Australia is one of the first 10 countries to receive its own Nokia Music store, with regional variations already up and running in areas such as the UK and Singapore.

Nokia have teamed up with a wide range of music labels for their Music Store, including major labels such as EMI, Sony BMG, and Universal Music. Australian labels have also scored agreements with Nokia, and all up there will be more than two million songs available for download when the site goes live.

From mainstream chart hits to older and rare back catalogues, Nokia are aiming to cater to everyone's needs.

The Nokia Music Store is not just a portal for downloading music to your compatible device - it is also suitable for downloading music to your PC. Files downloaded on your PC using the Music Store can be synchronised to your handset and vice versa, meaning your music collection can stay with you in and out of your home.

To make things simple, a single account is used on both the PC version of the music store and the mobile version.

Nokia's Nseries devices such as the N81 8GB, N82 and N95 will be able to access the Music Store directly be it via their integrated WiFi connectivity or 2G/3G data plans. Other handsets like the Xpress Music 5610 and 5310 will require tracks to be synchronised from a PC.

Windows Mobile DRM is the codec of choice for the Nokia Music Store, and users will be able to synchronise their PC's and handsets using the functionality available in Windows Media Player 11, software that is pre-loaded with many Windows-based PC's these days.

Nokia are expecting to release their own standalone synchronising and browsing software for the Music Store sometime in the second half of this year for PC's. As yet, Mac systems are not supported.

Now, the question on everyone's lips: how much?

Single tracks will set you back $1.70 AUD, with full albums costing $17 AUD. A special feature for the Music Store is an 'unlimited streaming' option, which for $10 AUD lets you stream an unlimited number of full length tracks for a month. Note that you cannot download any of the music, only stream it.

Credit card is the preferred payment method, but for those without there will be the option to purchase pre-paid vouchers from retail stores to use.

If you plan on using the Nokia Music Store over 2G/3G data plans, there will be excess charges for data usage. WLAN connectivity on the other hand will (usually - check with the network provider) be free.

For the technical among us, the music files provided by the Nokia Music Store will "typically delivered at 192kbit/s" in the WMA codec. Some older files will be of less quality, but Nokia are in the process of re-encoding the entire library to the higher quality specification.

The Australian Nokia Music Store will be available at http://music.nokia.com.au on PC's and through in-system links on supported devices on April 22nd.


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