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Nokia Makes Comes With Music DRM Free

Gordon Kelly


Nokia Makes Comes With Music DRM Free

Nokia you're a funny old beast. You (somehow) still dominate the mobile phone marketplace and yet get just about everything wrong. It doesn't matter what you try: touchscreen smartphones, buying Symbian, creating an app store, launching a 'free' music service - nothing comes out quite right. The latest example...

Nokia has finally learnt what the rest of the industry twigged around the time of the Apple EMI agreement in 2007: DRM laced music doesn't work. Consequently it has dropped DRM from its otherwise appealing, yet until now largely ignored Comes With Music service. Yes, I know it said this would happen in June last year, but now it really means it, really, really... in China.

Oh and if you're wondering why China and how this is yet another defeat snatched from the jaws of victory here you go: Nokia director of music Jyrki Rosenberg has confirmed to engadget that the move was "driven by rampant, local piracy concerns {and} the recovery of any revenue was better than nothing at all". Consequently it has no plans as yet to do the same in Europe despite announcing these exact intentions almost a year ago.

So until that happens Comes With Music will continue to be the epic failure it has been up to now. Oh and if you're wondering why we have such old images in this article that's because we tried to get shots of the Comes With Music store, but got this cracker of a message in 2010...

Need we say more?


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Hans Gruber

April 9, 2010, 4:58 am

So the moral of the story is piracy definitely does pay. The Chinese by ignoring copyright can now legitimately have all the music they can consume for much less than us copyright respecting/legal studio fearing people in the West. And we're supposed to be the lucky ones with a democracy.


April 9, 2010, 5:25 pm

@red Spot On! Couldn't have summed it up any better.


April 9, 2010, 5:32 pm

"driven by rampant, local piracy concerns {and} the recovery of any revenue was better than nothing at all"

Hilarious. So if you can't beat them, join them, eh?

That's a pretty frank admission. Usually corporate PR statements seem to come from an alternate reality, but I suppose anyone is prepared to beat up on China since Google lead the way...


April 9, 2010, 9:37 pm

Which old fogeys run Nokia these days?

Jesus wept.


April 10, 2010, 11:30 am

you know Gordon, it is funny what you say about Nokia as I have those exact same thoughts about them, it is odd how they just miss the boat every time. i actually blogged about it just a few days ago (http://www.know.me.uk/vince if you are interested)


April 10, 2010, 7:33 pm

red: Well said. And this in the week that our Government (supposedly elected to represent us) signed away more of our rights and helped to cripple our economic recovery, with the Digital Economy Bill.

Maybe the solution really is for EVERYONE to start illegally downloading as much as possible until it gets to the point where their simply aren't enough lawyers to threaten us all. At that point companies might be forced to start offering sensible services at reasonable prices. My suggestion of a strategy of continuous universal piracy may sound ridiculous or reprehensible to some - but I say why not, since relying on common sense clearly hasn't worked.


April 11, 2010, 4:15 am

I love Nokia nay sayers. They're probably the funniest yet most deluded people on the net.

You might want to ask yourself: Why do most people buy phones? Just a hint.

Hans Gruber

April 11, 2010, 11:53 pm

@MrGodfrey, "sensible services at reasonable prices" is all anybody (other than greedy execs/MPs used to an opulent lifestyle) reasonably wants.

It's just a shame the first love of many in the government is money, and even more of it for themselves. How best to serve your electorate? By criminalising everything and everyone through further regulation of their lives. Yeah, thanks Gordon and Peter, you make a great team, way to go. It makes you wonder what they have in mind for us next.

Collective civil disobedience would be a great way of redressing the balance of power between the government and electorate. I vote we don't vote at this next election and jam the nation's data pipes by downloading nonstop till then just to let them know we're still here and they need to start listening to us, the people, more and the oligarchs less.


April 12, 2010, 5:53 pm

red: Agreed, although I don't think it's only down to greed - although in Mandy's case it certainly is. I think another part of the problem is the enormous number of MPs who simply don't care... we are often told about "voter apathy", but how about "MP apathy", a spinelessness and lack of initiative that prevents them from taking a stand or even taking an interest in ANYTHING that doesn't immediately serve the party or help them keep their seat. Ask them about most issues, and they will check the party line and repeat it verbatim without bothering to do 5 minutes' research on the matter, much less form anything resembling an opinion of their own.

You are certainly right about the worrying and seemingly unstoppable rise in regulation and legislation. Take motoring as an example; you only have to look at the number of offences for which you can now be charged (and fined of course) as a car owner to realise something is very wrong. And even something as innocuous as photography cannot be enjoyed without harrassment - whether from the police who quote "security" concerns as an excuse to prevent you photographing public places, or from private security who are increasingly confident of their power to prevent you photographing private property (which now seems to include everything), they are two sides of the same coin. Those are only a couple of issues likely to affect this site's users; I could go on.

Combined with other factors - like the libel laws which have now made our country a laughing stock - I can't help forming the impression that more and more power is going to the Government, and to powerful corporations and individuals, and it is getting harder for the average person to go about their daily lives without committing some infringement. Sadly I think you are right about the need for our dissatisfaction to be expressed through more than just words - we are all criminals now, maybe we should act like criminals?

Rant over - I must go and cool down before I explode.

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