Nokia Unveils New Music Phones & BMG Deal

But when will Comes With Music actually launch?

Nokia may not have its eagerly anticipated ‘Comes With Music’ service out the door yet, but it is certainly working hard on handsets and licensing deals.

Bolstering both this week are an agreement with Sony BMG to bring them aboard the kinda free service along with the announcement of the ‘5320’ and ‘5220’ mobiles to boost its XpressMusic line.

“This initiative represents a critical new way of gaining access to music, through which fans will be able to explore Sony BMG’s vast catalog (sic) of recordings for an entire year,” commented Thomas Hesse, Sony BMG President of Global Digital Business & US Sales. “We think this business model will encourage users to sample a wide range of material, expand their musical tastes, and listen to more music than ever before. In the process, we think it will provide new opportunities to artists from every genre of music, and increase demand for music overall.”

Sadly no financial details of the arrangement were announced.

As for the handsets – as is typical for the XpressMusic line – there isn’t anything overly exciting here. The 5320 offers HSDPA while the 5320 is restricted to EDGE. They are compatible with Nokia’s music store, have 3.5mm headphone jacks (as any decent music phone should), a microSD slot and cameras and screens of unspecified resolution. FM tuners are also fitted to both and they’ll ship in Q2 for €220 and €160 respectively.

Not thrilling but one step at a time…

BMG Press Release
XpressMusic Release

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