Today at the fourth Nokia Strategy Summit, Ovi Music Unlimited was finally unveiled in India. Ovi Music Unlimited is an alias for the ‘Comes With Music’ tagline that Nokia uses in other countries. The reason for a separate branding is because the service has been highly customised to suit the Indian market.
The service has, for example, reduced the size of the Ovi Music client from 60 MB to 3MB to make it easier to download, next users can also search for music by the names of actors, actresses, and movies because many Indian users are fans of music from local films. The catalogue will include music from over 150 local labels as well as major global labels.
Another things to note is that users will be able to use the service from multiple PC’s and not be tied down to one and also share tracks with their fellow Ovi Music Unlimited users via bluetooth.
The ability to download an unlimited number of tracks will run for 12 months from the date of activation of the service. Nokia does not sell individual tracks from its Music Store and there are no plans to change that. Unlike China, users in India will still have DRM’s music under OMU and that comes as a slight disappointment.
Personally speaking, I am really looking forward to the launch and will probably like to own a OMU device. Ovi Music Unlimited devices will include the X6, X2, 5800XpressMusic, 5530, 5232 and the 5130.
More at Nokia Conversations.
Nokia has just announced that it will launching the ‘Comes With Music’ offering in China under the name ‘Yue Sui Xiang’ in partnership with local mobile company Huadong Feitian. China is the biggest market for Nokia and the move comes as no surprise, but the fact that the offering will be DRM free is huge. This means that ‘Comes With Music’ owners in China will be able to download as many songs as they like from the Music Store, free of cost and will also be able to transfer it to other devices that they own.
The cost of the music will be bundled into the price of the phone and the slight increase would be well worth the all round free access to international music as well as local artists. Nokia’s policy, from all indications was going to be to offer ‘Comes With Music’ as a DRM’d service and sell individual tracks and albums DRM free via the Music Store, but this move marks a welcome shift in what appeared to be their policy.
At launch, consumers in China can get unlimited music downloads with the purchase of any one of eight devices, to include the Nokia X6 32GB and Nokia X6 16GB, Nokia 5230, Nokia 5330, Nokia 5800w, Nokia 6700s, Nokia E52 and Nokia E72i. Entry level prices will start from EUR 140, excluding local taxes and subsidies.
The press release also mentions India in the list of countries to get ‘Comes With Music’, DRM free I hope.
‘You spoke, we listened’ is what the Nokia Conversations post detailing the free navigation offering for the E71 and E66 starts with and I have got to say that this is phenomenal news for all you E71 and E66 owners. You can now enjoy free worldwide pedestrian and car navigation on your E71 or E66 along with all the other benefits of Ovi Maps such as side loading of maps and the ability to use them without a data connection.
The only things missing from the offering are Michelin and Lonely Planet guides, an almost non issue. Why I am specially pumped about this news is because in my experience the E71 had stellar GPS performance.
The process of making the latest version of Ovi Maps available for existing devices is quite involved, but the team managed to include complete navigation functionality. Due to technical constraints in backporting the app to existing devices, it isn’t possible to offer further premium content such as Guide Michelin and Lonely Planet guides. These two devices will also be the last of our S60 3.1 and older devices to sport this version of Ovi Maps.
The free navigation edition of the Ovi Maps application is available from the maps.nokia.com website, in case you are reading on the go, I have managed to extract the direct download link. If you read through the quote, you will notice that the E71 and E66 will be the last S60 Feature Pack 1 devices to get this offering. Sad news for those of you with N82’s or N95’s.
Day 3 of SXSW and the brilliant folks at WOM World had something incredibly awesome planned – the Ovi Maps Route Race. The idea was simple – navigate around Austin with Ovi Maps. The fun part was that we were going to be doing it on Segways and on a ‘confrence bike’. The experience was incredible, but that’s not really why I am writing this post. It is to share the navigation experience.
As you are aware, Ovi Maps navigation just went free worldwide for quite a number of devices, including the N97 and that’s the Nokia we used today. Austin, Texas dosen’t have many tall buildings and today was a clear day – perfect conditions for a good GPS connection so the N97 had no problems keeping a lock.
A route was already planned using the http://maps.ovi.com/ page and then sync’ed to the N97 from within the Ovi Maps app. This is important, because in a new city you could sit back at the hotel, ask for the city’s landmarks and then put them in your route and give yourself a nice tour.
Once we got navigating we realised that Ovi Maps has amazing accuracy, it won’t just stop navigating near the landmark we’d set, but it would only stop when we were exactly there. This caused a lot of delays in our trip as we had to wait for everyone to checkin before moving on, but if I were on my own I’m sure I’d appreciate that.
Since the route was already sync’d in, we just had to select it to get going. Like it is while using driving navigation, the app would recalculate when we missed a turn or over shot it. The audio directions were clear and perfectly timed. To sum it up, we used Ovi Maps to use create a route, sync it, follow it and reach our destination- all without much fuss and for free. I will have to say it delivered. What more could you ask for? Bettter search perhaps?
I have just received an awesome email from the Nokia India Music store with the much awaited news that Nokia Music is finally going DRM free and that it will soon merge into the Ovi brand. The email carries no specific date for the transition to occur, we can only hope it happens soon.
DRM free means that you can use the music you downloaded from the Nokia store on any device, be it your computer, mobile phone or mp3 player. After Ovi Maps going free, Nokia saw a lot of traction for the service. Will going DRM free do the same for ‘Ovi Music’? Time will tell.
Nokia is turning things around! This development also means that we should soon see Ovi Music support Macs and move away from the IE only interface, something that will make me and many others people happy.
|Nokia Music will soon become Ovi Music. This means all the tracks you download will be DRM-free, MP3 files that you can now play on a PC, Mac or any personal music player! Plus, as part of the change to Ovi, we’ve enhanced our search capability so it’s easier than ever to find the music you want.
|What you need to do:
Absolutely nothing. We will create a Nokia Account for you and send you an email when we become Ovi music. Until then, try to avoid changing any of your Nokia Music account details such as password, email address and mobile number.
The Nokia Messaging team has just rolled out an update for the S60 5th Edition client in the form of version 10.2, available via the in the Software Update application on your phone. An update for S60 3rd Edition devices will follow soon. The current update focuses on faster email deletion, support of destinations so that email can be pulled using your favorite access point and easier on device setup.
Here are the highlights of the client release:
- Localized in 38 languages
- Support for Destinations on S60 5th edition devices
- Improvements to on-device-setup wizard
- Deleted items folder now automatically empties itself, faster client deletions
- Various bug fixes