Nokia Will Launch Music Service in India

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Nokia will launch an online music service in India in the first half of this year, a spokeswoman of the company in India said on Thursday.

The service offered under Nokia's "Comes With Music" program will be available to buyers of certain models of high-end Nokia phones, and will consist of a one-year free, unlimited download of music.

The unlimited download for a year is an entitlement that will come with new purchases of select phones in Nokia's E, N, and XpressMusic ranges of handsets, the spokeswoman said.

The "Comes With Music" program has already been launched in some other countries, with the duration of the free downloads varying from one to two years.

The company does not have plans at this point to sell music through the India site, the spokeswoman said.

The music will be protected using digital rights management (DRM) technology, and users can retain the music they have downloaded after the one-year subscription is over.

Users can download the music either to their computers, or directly to their mobile phones, the spokeswoman said.

The company will be offering music both from international and local Indian labels.

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