Nokia’s first phone model with free access to music is scheduled to go on sale on Oct 17 in Britain, retailer Carphone Warehouse said on its Web page.
Nokia’s "Comes with Music" bundle of phone and music service could help the music industry make up for falling CD sales, while challenging dominance of Apple’s iTunes in the digital music market.
The package will differ from other bundles on the market as users can keep all the music they have downloaded during the 12 month subscription period. Carphone, the exclusive retailer for the first model, said the phone was expected to go on sale on October 17.
Having the world’s three largest labels on board is set to help Nokia attract smaller music companies and challenge the dominant pay-per-track sales model for digital music.