No US news on Music Store or Comes With Music in today’s announcements
I wrote about the Nokia announcement made this morning on my ZDNet blog, but wanted to offer more of my opinion and commentary here on Nokia Experts. The Nokia 5730 XpressMusic, Nokia 5330 XpressMusic and Nokia 5030 were all announced for release in the 3rd quarter of 2009. In the Q&A session it was stated that the 5330 would be coming to the North American market in Q3 as well, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the US. Nokia announced that the Nokia Music Store was launching in Mexico (and some other countries) so a North American release may mean Mexico and not the US.
The 5730 XM is the only device of the three that personally interests me because of the S60 operating system and QWERTY keyboard design. However, given that the upcoming Nokia E75 has this same type of design I would pay a bit more for the E75 because I know the quality will be rock solid on the Eseries.
More countries were announced for the Nokia Music Store and Comes With Music service, but the US was not included at this time. Given that wireless carriers here in the US sell music through their own stores and there are currently not any S60 smartphones officially sold by a carrier I am having more and more doubts that Nokia will be able to launch these services in the US. As Nokia moves further along the path of becoming a services company I also have to wonder if this is hurting their chances of working with US carriers in the future. I am all for having Nokia devices and integrated services, but carriers may be not be so excited about Nokia taking away their revenue streams. I think there has to be major deals made with the carriers for things to happen here with Nokia and neither party may be willing to give that much.