Posts Tagged ‘Music’
The mobile market has an interesting nature, where I see many people buying mobiles solely based on the hype rather than actually giving their own requirements a realistic view. I see many a people around me talking of Android or other operating systems in terms of apps while their own needs are limited to feature phones of <5k pricing only. Such a mindset often skips some of the points that might have been of much worth if would have thought without hype. One of such service been Nokia Music Unlimited.
Nokia and its commitment toward the music (just like camera part) is nothing new for the people, who might been following the developments, they would know that how Nokia has been synonymous with digital music in India at least. I seen their initiatives with officially pre-installed songs (DRM) when bought Nokia N70 or Nokia 5130 in past, we see launch of music albums on mobile phones and then there was Nokia Music Unlimited for many a hi-end phones.
The offering of Nokia Music Service on feature phones like Nokia Asha Series takes this commitment to just another big level where Nokia seems to be unsettling many of the trends and habits. Think of the situation, if you are allowed to download any number of songs for free and then can share it with any of your friends freely? That too in perfectly legal way?
Why you need such a service?
I know, I know, many of you would say that why they need such a service when they can download the music freely from internet or can even ask their neighbour shop for loading songs in their phones for a nominal charge?
But do you know that as per Music Copyright laws, Copyright infringement is a criminal offense in India. The minimum penalty for knowingly infringing upon a copyright is six months in jail and a fine of 50,000 rupees. So, is it worth taking the risk, when there are really some ways out at a nominal price?
Nokia Music Unlimited:
Let me introduce you with Nokia Music Unlimited service that provides you songs at such dirt cheap that you actually start doubting if you are downloading it legally.
Nokia has already launched free music subscription from the Nokia Music Store for a number of its Symbian devices. The duration of these free subscriptions vary from device to device. According to the category of the device, the duration of the free subscription lasts for 3, 6 & 12 months. There are a total of 13 Nokia phones through which these free music subscription of the Nokia Music Store can be availed which are as follows:
|Name of the device||Free unlimited downloading for|
|Nokia Asha 200||3 Months|
|Nokia Asha 300||3 Months|
|Nokia Asha 302||3 Months|
|Nokia C2-01||3 Months|
|Nokia X3-02||3 Months|
|Nokia X2-02||3 Months|
|Nokia Asha 303||3 Months|
|Nokia 500||6 Months|
|Nokia 603||12 Months|
|Nokia 700||12 Months|
|Nokia 701||12 Months|
|Nokia N8||12 Months|
|Nokia E7||12 Months|
Note that these are not the streaming options but you are downloading actual DRM free songs or entire albums. You can download them via web or even via your feature phone and they are DRM free means you can share your songs with any of your friends having any kind of mobile or devices (Android, iPod, anything).
Wanna see it in action? Here you go
And as about availability of songs, then Nokia Music Store includes extensive catalogues from major global labels like Sony Music Entertainment and EMI Music and Nokia’s local partnership with Indian Music Industry (a consortium of more than 150 music companies), Hungama that represents major labels including Yash Raj, Tseries, and SIMCA (South Indian Music Companies Association), amongst others. There are some 45 Lakhs+ songs already, can you imagine?
But its only for the new devices, no? Renewing subscription would be costly, right?
Nope! Not at all.
Its true that the service is for only those devices which came with Nokia Unlimited Music Offer, but renewing a subscription is not a big deal any more.
Once the free music subscription gets expired, an easy recharge of Rs. 113 (including service tax) can be availed which then lasts for a month. And the other denominations are : Rs 57 voucher(including service tax) for a week & Rs 281(including service tax) for 3months. After the recharge Full access to the Nokia Music Store is restored and downloading of songs can be continued. These recharge coupons are also valid and can be bought by anyone who was bought any of the listed mobile phones last year.
The recharge procedure is pretty easy and the vouchers can be bought on the Oxicash website www.oxicash.in or Oxicash booths at selective NPP’s, NPD’s or Nokia CARE outlets. This is aimed at making the procedure to renew subscriptions to the music store an easy process and continuously give access to the ever increasing huge collection of songs on the Nokia Music Store.
So what do you think? Giving it a try?
“ It seems that the Cloud technology opening its wings one by one, Google’s try to acquire one silicon valley startup La La Media Inc. even after loosing the turf to Apple kind of made a clear announcement in a way, that what might be the next milestone for Google: A Full fledge service like Google Books to cater music only for free (running over ads). ”
It might be one of the good guess only, but Google has already launched such a service in China with partnering with 110.cn to offer legal MP3 streaming/ download with a large MP3 collection and this shows that its very likely that after getting right deals (like it got in case of Google books with various publishers), Google might move into music as well like iTune.
If you think that what one uses while using computers, except internet, chatting and searching web, then its editing photos, documents, presentations, watching movies and hearing music etc. Google had already covered many of the points like Picasa for Photos, Google Docs for Documents/ Presentations and YouTube for watching media. What just remains is Music.
Although there is a YouTube category for music videos, a very limited music search engine, an online music player and a media server for Google Desktop, but currently Google doesn’t has any full-fledged music related service product.
With Google Chrome, Google wants to start an era, where your every need will be online and will go along with you, no matter where you are or what you are using for your connection, your desktop, your docs, your bookmarks, your web history, your videos, your books and everything else will follow you.
So before the launch of Google Chrome OS, we could sure expect Google to fill up this gap by acquiring some company in similar domain and in next probably its gonna to be Google online games service. Sure, due to copyrights, its not gonna to be as open and simple like Picasa webs but you may sure hope for products having capabilities like Google Books (limited preview/ full).
What’s your opinion? please write to me.