Nokia is ending Ovi Music Unlimited, a free music downloading service that is available in 27 countries that launched in 2008. Nokia had offered a one year subscription service with the purchase of new Nokia mobile phones.
Nokia will continue selling phones with a 12-month subscription for free music downloads in China, India, and Indonesia and 6 month subscriptions in Brazil, Turkey, and South Africa. Nokia has signed deals with all four major music labels – Vivendi Universal Music, EMI, Warner Music Group, and Sony Music. One of the reasons why people did not like the service is because the music had DRM software tied to the downloads. “The markets clearly want a DRM-free music service,” stated a Nokia spokesman.