In an apparent effort to help those of you not whizzing away on high speed 3G or WiFi networks, Nokia has cut down the average download size of all its tracks by more than half on the Ovi Music Store in India. While this means that your average track in now barely 2 MB in size, the new found feather weight does come at a price. The new low bitrate means that the music no longer sounds as nice and at times is even worse than listening to your local radio station on the phone. It is quite all right if you plan on playing it through the loudspeaker, but the moment you plug in your headphones or use the FM transmitter, the difference in quality becomes obvious.
(A Random Download From The Ovi Store)
Fortunately, Nokia still offers the same higher quality downloads via the Ovi Player on the PC. But if you use a Mac, you can pretty much kiss goodbye to high quality music from the Ovi Store, unless of course you are happy dual booting.
(The Same Track On The Ovi Player For PC)
While I do see Nokia’s best intentions in pleasing the majority who probably don’t use fast connections, I would be much more happy if they did allow users to choose between the different qualities while downloading directly from the phone. After all, even on a GPRS connection, I’d rather have one good quality track than two which sound bad.
Since they already have both versions on the music on their servers, adding a second ‘Download in high quality’ button shouldn’t be such a tough job, because in its current state, considering I use a Mac, I might have to reconsider Nokia’s Ovi Music Unlimited Deserves More Credit Than It Receives.
What would you rather have? Lighter downloads or higher quality?