Nokia announced that “Comes with Music” will launch in the UK first, and pre-orders for special edition 5310 are phones now being taken. First unveiled last December, the latest potential competitor to Apple’s iTunes and Microsoft’s Zune Marketplace will offer downloads of tunes that Nokia claims will belong to the user “for keeps.”
After the one-month subscription to Comes with Music runs out, users will need to either buy a new phone or pay to renew the subscription in order to keep downloading music. However, music already downloaded will reportedly remain playable. Users will be able to swap the music between Nokia phones that support the service and Nokia software running on a PC. Users will be able to download tunes on to either device.
So far, though, the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic Comes With Music edition now listed on Carphone Warehouse is the only phone to be announced with support for the service.
The Comes With Music edition will be sold “in an exclusive range of new color combinations differentiating it from the regular Nokia 5310, which is already on sale,” according to information posted on the Carphone Warehouse site.