Songs in Nokia’s SA music store will be free of digital rights management (DRM) software from 9 September, meaning consumers will be able to copy their downloaded tunes and listen to their purchases on any device of their choosing.
They’ll also be in MP3 format and available for Apple Mac and Linux users for the first time.
The name of the Finnish cellphone manufacturer’s music store is also changing. Gone is the Nokia Music Store, replaced with Ovi Music. Nokia’s Comes With Music service, which allows unlimited music downloads, will still have DRM hooks in the songs, and will be renamed Ovi Music Unlimited.
Nokia says the new SA music store will feature enhanced music search and discovery, optimised artist pages and music recommendations from a local Ovi Music editor.
The new music store, which will be available at music.ovi.com from next month, has about 6m tracks available for download, including songs and albums from SA artists.
Perhaps Nokia’s move will finally prod Apple into making music in the iTunes Store available to SA consumers, too. — Staff reporter, TechCentral