Nokia has announced its Nokia Music Store, part of the Ovi by Nokia offering. With millions of tracks from major artists, independent labels as well as local hits, the Nokia Music Store offers people the chance to enjoy music directly on their Nokia device or personal computer.
With a single account, users can access the Nokia Music Store via their desktop computer or directly from optimised Nokia devices beginning with the Nokia N81 and Nokia N95 8GB.
In the Nokia Music Store you can browse for new music, get recommendations or search for your favorite artists, songs or albums. Once a track is found, you can add it to your wishlist to buy later or purchase it immediately for download to your device without having to download the same song again on your computer. You can also transfer purchased songs via your PC to compatible Nokia devices, including the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic and Nokia 5610 XpressMusic. You can pay by a variety of payment options, including credit cards, PayPal and pre-paid vouchers.
The Nokia Music Store is opening across select European markets this fall with additional stores in Europe and Asia opening over the coming months. Individual tracks will cost EUR 1.00 and albums from EUR 10.00, with a monthly subscription for PC streaming for EUR 10.00.
The Nokia Music Store also offers locally relevant music, in addition to international artists.
Tracks are typically delivered in high quality 192Kbps audio in Windows Media Audio (WMA) format. You can transfer your purchased songs to your Nokia device using Windows Media Player or with the new Nokia Music PC client available later this year.
The Nokia Music PC client enables reverse synchronization of playlists, ripping from a CD to your device and PC simultaneously, as well as auto-synchronization of your purchased music and direct access to the Nokia Music Store. With the Nokia N81 and its integrated music player, you can create playlists and manage your music collection, including editing song and artist information, as well as adding your own choice of album artwork, all while on the move.