Well, to clarify: it’s broken for me. I reviewed the Nokia Music Store last week, based on a morning using the web-based store on my Windows Vista PC. The review was broadly positive, highlighting some of the niggles, but generally concluding that it was a decent start.
I’m not quite so impressed now. Several days use has thrown up some more serious problems. The Unlimited Streaming service is still hit’n’miss, with some albums seemingly playing in the Media Bar, but with no sound coming out of the speakers. Meanwhile, even songs I’ve downloaded seem to skip regularly when played using the Media Bar.
Although worse still, when I fired up Internet Explorer and went to the Music Store this morning, the Media Bar was nowhere to be seen. Now, despite uninstalling and reinstalling it, it’s still missing.
It’s hard for me to blame Nokia for all this with 100% certainty, in case my PC or Internet Explorer is up to something funny. But the fact is, I’m left paying £8 a month for a dodgy streaming service, which now won’t work at all, and I can’t buy any more songs, because the Media Bar has disappeared. Great.
Meanwhile, it’s emerged since my review that major label Warner Music Group is boycotting the store, due to concerns over copyrighted music appearing on the entirely separate Nokia MOSH user-generated content service. It’s not the best of starts, it’s fair to say, especially if you’re looking to take on the super-slick iTunes.
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