Nokia's Online Music Store Opens in Germany
As of yesterday, Nokia's online music store was open for business in Germany, the second country to welcome the largest cellphone maker's virtual media shop (the first was launched in the UK in November). Nokia plans on rolling out their iTunes competitor in nine more countries by mid-2008, charging 1 euro ($1.52) per song, rivaling iTunes .99 euro/track rate.
Along with Nokia's Ovi internet services (which offer its mobile users access to SNSes like MySpace, Flickr, and Facebook as well as the Nokia Music Store, Nokia Maps, and N-Gage games) the music store is is the first large-scale move by a cellphone producer in the realm of online content offerings. Next on the list are France, Italy, Spain, as well as Singapore and Australia by third quarter 2008, with further expansions planned for Asia and Europe through the end of the year.