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Nokia and NME offer mobile music

We’ve discussed mobile music services before (see Towards a DRM-free music distribution? and Music downloads for your mobile). A couple more market players are now getting into the mobile music business.

It is expected that at the end of the month, Nokia will announce the autumn launch of their online music service, to coincide with the European launch of rival iPhone. The service will allow to download songs to computers for transfer to mobile phones and other portable music players.

Another new service is NME Mobile, an off-portal mobile music service offered by the famous music magazine New Musical Express (NME). Their mobile internet site will contain over a million premium download tracks. Miles Ross, IPC Media head of mobile, reacts: “Now, with NME Mobile, music fans will be able to get music, news and more on their handset. NME Mobile is the best mobile music service on the go.”


Some of you are probably using or have at least seen some of the personalized homepages available on the net such as PageFlakes, Netvibes, Google Personalized Homepage etc., or maybe some of the desktop widgets applications like Google Desktop, Yahoo Widgets Engine (formerly Konfabulator) and the Mac OS X Dashboard Widgets.

A few months ago Nokia has come up with a concept called WidSets.
WidSets are very similar to the desktop widgets in the above mentioned programs, but are essentially identical to the sections in personal homepages.

Most WidSets are simply RSS feeds you can read via the WidSets application. I’ve registered to the site, downloaded the application and installed it into the Wireless Toolkit, and I have to say it’s a very nice concept.

At first there were many synchronization problems, because the application gets all the information from the WidSets server, so whenever you add or remove WidSets (via a web interface on your browser, not your phone) the application has to be synchronized and get the information on the added WidSets, but after a few tries and a restart of the MIDlet I finally got all the WidSets I registered for.