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Nokia and Microsoft team up on mobile music

Antony Savvas

Long-time mobile rivals Nokia and Microsoft have announced that they are collaborating to make sure users can listen to music on either Nokia phones or Windows XP-powered PCs.

The mobile music service from Nokia and Loudeye is based on the OMA DRM and MPEG AAC standards and enables a mobile operator's customers to search, listen, download and pay for music using an operator’s branded music application on their mobile device.

Windows Media Player is used for the PC component of the music solution, and wireless operators will be able to brand their music service when it is integrated into the Windows Media Player. The collaboration includes Nokia support for Windows Media Audio, Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM) 10 and Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) on music oriented Nokia handsets.

Microsoft support includes support for Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Digital Rights Management and the MPEG Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) audio formats in the Windows Media Player via a plug-in.

Nokia and Microsoft will continue to battle each other on the mobile operating system front however, with Nokia promoting the market leading Symbian operating system and Microsoft trying to dent Symbian’s market share with Windows Mobile on handsets.


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