Want to listen to unlimited music on your Nokia E71x? Subscribe to the Zune Pass
Last year I wrote about the rumors that the Zune team was working with Microsoft on maybe bringing Zune Marketplace content to Nokia devices. We never heard anything about this since then and it may be a dead issue. This week there was a bit of news about how good of a deal the Zune Pass was compared to the iTunes. I have a simple 4GB Zune and the Zune Pass and really do enjoy the quality of the music and choice I have in audio content. I find with a subscription service that I listen to a very wide variety of music and find lots of stuff I enjoy. Plus, you now get to keep 10 songs a month forever (just make sure to buy the non-DRM MP3 files to use anywhere).
A couple years ago, I discovered I could transfer and play Zune subscription content on my HTC Windows Mobile devices. This was great because I did not always have my Zune with me, but my phone was always with me. As I was playing around with the Nokia E71x last night, I decided on a whim to see if I could transfer Zune subscription content to the microSD card on the E71x.
I am VERY PLEASED to tell you that Zune Pass subscription content (yes, DRM content) plays perfectly on the Nokia E71x. This includes both MP3 and WMA files too.
Now, I am not sure if this content will last past 30 days without looking for the license and if it does then you should be able to simply retransfer your content to your microSD card once a month.
This seems like a great deal for US Nokia owners since we can’t yet use the Nokia Comes With Music services. The Zune Pass is $15/month for unlimited music with the option to select up to 10 songs with the free monthly credit you get from Microsoft. As long as your Zune Pass subscription remains current your unlimited music license will remain valid.