Nokia Music Store and Comes With Music
"The digital music player that rings in your pocket is also the library, the shop and the platform to manage all your music," according to Nokia, and it's the agenda shared across its latest offerings.
The Nokia Music Store, currently available in 15 markets, lets users browse or purchase music, get recommendations and search for songs, albums and artists. With the Nokia Music for PC software, music can be transferred between Nokia music phones and a PC and streamed, downloaded, or ripped or burned to CD. On March 11, a Nokia Music Store launched in Mexico, and others are scheduled in coming months for Portugal, Norway and South Africa.
Comes With Music enables users to download unlimited music from the Nokia Music Store for a year or 18 months, depending on which package they buy-after which, all purchased music still belongs to the owner and new music can be purchased ??í la carte. It's currently available in the U.K. and Singapore, will launch in Australia in late March, and will be available in the United States later in 2009.
Nokia 5730 and 5330 XpressMusic
The 5730 and 5330 both feature dedicated keys for quick access to music. The 5730 is Nokia's first music-optimized device with a full QWERTY keyboard. "The heart of this music device is the Homescreen for XpressMusic, providing access and dynamic information on music, people, games, email and calendar," explains Nokia in a statement, summing things up well.
The Nokia 5330 XpressMusic, intended for movers, shakers and social networkers, is a top-sliced design with a standard 3.5mm jack for headphones and a battery that can support 26 hours of playback time.
The 5730 is expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of 2009 and to retail for approximately $350. The 5330 will be available in the third quarter, for an estimated retail price of $200.
Goodbye transistor radio, hello Nokia 5030. The 5030, intended for emerging markets, "where people rely on a radio as their main source of entertainment and news," explains Nokia, offers "up to a day" of listening time and 10 hours of talk time.
The phone is Nokia's first with an internal FM radio antenna. The 5030 has one-touch radio and channel selection keys on its side and eliminates the need for a headset or external speakers. It can simply be placed on its side to project from its considerable loudspeaker.
The 5030 will ship in the second quarter of 2009, for a retail price in the neighborhood of $50.
The Nokia ExpressMusic devices for U.S. markets were recently pulled from shelves, after experiencing issues with 3G connectivity, and replaced with European counterparts.