Last year, Nokia launched the Ovi Music Unlimited’ service which allowed users to download unlimited number of songs for free for a period of 1 year via the Ovi Music store. Users could get access to this service if they purchased any of the Comes with music’ branded Nokia handset. However, today Nokia has announced that will be shutting down their Ovi Music Unlimited’ service.
The folks over at NokiaUsers contacted Nokia regarding this matter and the company has confirmed that they will be shutting down the Ovi Music Unlimited service. However, the Finnish giant won’t be shutting down the service in all regions of the world. In India, China and Indonesia, Nokia will continue offering the Ovi Music Unlimited service. In Brazil, Turkey and South Africa the company will offer the service with a reduced timespan of 6 months.
In other regions of the world, Nokia will stop offering the Ovi Music Unlimited edition handsets. Nevertheless, users who still use the Ovi Music Unlimited service can continue to do so until their original time period of the service is valid.
One of the biggest disadvantages of Ovi Music Unlimited service was that the songs were not DRM free. This meant that users could only listen to the songs downloaded from the Ovi Music store on their handsets or on their PC using the Ovi Player. Also the songs offered for download were of very low quality (64Kbps AAC).
Except for Ovi Maps I don’t think any other Ovi service from Nokia has met with success. Time for Nokia to think upon their ‘Ovi’ strategy.
Here is a good news for the folks out there, who are planning to buy a new Nokia handsets in the coming days. Nokia has finally launched the Ovi Music Unlimited in India. Ovi Music Unlimited offers unlimited music downloads for 12 months to anyone who purchases an Ovi Music Unlimited enabled device.
“India is Nokia’s 30th country to offer unlimited music downloads and with the size and scale of the local music catalogue on offer, it’s sure to be very popular. As well as offering up music from over 150 local labels, the service will also have tracks available from the major global labels,” says Nokia.
Ovi Music store has over four million tracks including local language tracks. It includes regional languages such as Malayalam, Punjabi, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil and Marathi. Music is broken into 19 genres mixing the usual Rock, Rap and Hip Hop with the local Bollywood, Sufi and Indipop.
To learn more, head over to Ovi Music Unlimited.
Just after Nokia announced that it will be rebranding its Nokia Music store to OVI Music, Nokia has now announced that it will be now rolling out DRM free music. What does this mean? This means that, you can now play your favorite MP3’s from anywhere — from PC to any MP3 player.
Unfortunately, Nokia’s comes with music’ isn’t DRM free yet. That means if you bought handset like Nokia 5800 Comes with Music and download from the millions of track available, you won’t be able to transfer it to any other handset or PC. However, did you know that OVI store now serves up to 1.5m downloads a day? With Nokia announcing its rebranding and rolling out of DRM free music, that number is just about to climb the Everest.