The world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer is offering a free one year subscription to the world’s second largest music label to buyers of certain music phones. Sony BMG hosts musicians such as Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen and Celine Dion, just to name a few. Nokia’s offer differs from other similar deals in that users can keep all the music they download during the 12 month period.
Last December, Nokia mentioned a similar arrangement with music label Universal, calling the deal, “Comes With Music.” The Universal offering should be available in some markets by the second half of this year.
Nokia thinks all top music labels will become members of its “Comes With Music” family.
“We are quite confident that we will have all the labels at the table for Comes With Music. We are progressing in those negotiations,” said Liz Schimel, head of Nokia’s music business.
In a related story, Nokia announced today two new music phones will be added to its XpressMusic range, the Nokia 5320 and the Nokia 5220.
“Both music devices are expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of 2008, with an expected retail price range of 160 euros ($254) to 220 euros ($349), before taxes and subsidies,” Nokia said in a statement.