Nokia’s Comes With Music service is to draw to a close, acording to leak documents found by Esphoneblog. Comes With Music offered unlimted downloads from Nokia’s Ovi Music store, providing the user agreed to lock the tracks to a single handset and PC.
However, despite reasonable success in Asian territories, the service never took off in the West, and as of January 16th users will not be able to renew their subscriptions.
The reasoning for Comes With Music’s failure seems three-fold. Firstly, the initial high asking price for Nokia phones that came with the service was extremely high. DRM controls also meant usage of files was limited, while the service itself was often flaky and difficult to use.
As a Comes With Music user myself, I have to admit to having been incredibly frustrated with the service. Getting tracks to sync with my X6 handset was an absolute nightmare after a series of dodgy firmware updates. I wont miss it.