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Nokia's New Feature: Comes With Crap

By: Mathew Ingram

A free music-download service on your mobile? Cool. Nokias new Comes With Music offer? Dumb. The details are sketchy so far, but... sounds like Nokia has done a deal with Universal Music to offer downloads of the record companys catalogue for free, with the cost of the music built into the price of the phone. So far, so good. Unfortunately, it sounds like the files are also DRM-laden, and thus crippled.

According to The Register, the songs will be playable only on one PC (not Mac or Linux) and on a Nokia device, and thats it. While they will not expire " as music downloaded with some other services does " you cant burn them to CD or play them anywhere else, although there are hints that burning might be allowed for a fee. Seamus McCauley says that such moves say one thing to him: uncomprehending death spiral.


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