Nokia recently announced that its ‘Comes with Music’ service – offering consumers a year of unlimited access to the entire Nokia Music Store catalogue – is now available in South Africa. ‘Comes with Music’ devices enable the consumer to download an unlimited number of the over 5-million digital tracks available on the South African Nokia Music Store for a one year period.
Consumers are further able to keep all their downloaded music from the diverse catalogue of international and local artists – even when the service period of one year is over – on both their ‘Comes with Music’ device and dedicated PC.
This service will be available exclusively across a range of Nokia devices through MTN, Cell C, Nashua Mobile and Autopage cellular. Vodacom’s absence raised questions as to why South Africa’s biggest cellular operator is not on the list.
Despite numerous attempts to get comment from Vodacom about the issue, the cellular operator could not explain why they will not offer this service to customers.
This decision may however be related to Vodafone’s decision to enter the music market with its DRM free services. Vodafone in March this year announced that it has signed deals with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and EMI Music to offer their tracks and albums DRM free across Vodafone markets for both mobile phones and PCs.
Vodacom said in its press statement that its DRM free music services will be available in South Africa, but no further details are available.
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