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Nokia Offers Free Music Service For Mobile Devices

"Nokia Comes With Music," launching in mid 2008, gives a year's access to millions of songs with purchase of a Nokia mobile device.

Nokia on Tuesday introduced a service that allows people to buy a Nokia mobile device with a year of unlimited access to music.

The new service, called "Nokia Comes With Music," will go into effect in the middle of next year and is designed for music enthusiasts who are a looking for a better experience on mobile phones.




The Nokia 3110 Evolve is an eco-friendly and energy-efficient mobile phone made from over 50% renewable material.
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The subscription to the service is free and will be offered when people buy a Nokia device. It includes a year of unlimited access to millions of tracks from different artists. People can keep the music they downloaded once the year-long subscription is over. The music won't disappear from the device, Nokia said.

"Even if you listened to music 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you would still only scratch the surface of the music that we're making available," said Anssi Vanjoki, executive VP and general manager of multimedia at Nokia, in a statement.

"Nokia Comes With Music" will initially launch with Universal Music Group International, a division of the world's largest record label company, Universal Music Group, although Nokia said it's in discussion with other major international labels. The phone maker announced the new service at the Nokia World conference, taking place in Amsterdam this week.

Nokia also used the conference as an opportunity to outline its efforts in environmental issues, including energy efficiency, materials used in products, take back, recycling, and packaging.

One example is the Nokia 3110 Evolve, a mobile phone being offered by Nokia that's made from over 50% renewable material. Additionally, it's packaged in 60% recycled content and comes with an efficient charger that uses 94% less energy.

But the phone doesn't come with nearly as many impressive features as Nokia's lineup of Nseries devices introduced over the past couple of months. The 3110 Evolve has a 1.3-megapixel camera, FM tuner, MP3 player, and expandable memory with a microSD card slot. In essence, it's a basic phone with some eco-friendly features.

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