Yesterday, Nokia and Universal Music Group announced that starting from mid-2008, owners of certain new models of Nokia phones will be given free unlimited downloads of Universal songs for 12 months via the telecommunications company’s online music store. For 12 months, users will have full access to Universal’s music catalog (a diverse collection of artists, ranging from Sigur Ros to 50 Cent), the downloaded songs theirs to keep after the one-year period. They will also be able to download songs onto their computers as well as their phones, though all MP3s will be DRM-protected.

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