Exciting stuff at Nokia World, with Wired head honcho Chris Anderson taking to the stage for his keynote, entitled 'Free'. It's his new Big Idea following up the long tail, and he's giving us a preview of it, in advance of a book due out next year. Liveblog follows, in chronological order.
The second day of the Nokia World conference kicked off this morning to a hall of whey-faced delegates still recovering from last night's party (in short: the Dutch Beach Boys, a mountain of Pina Coladas, and Finnish beach-volleyball playing twins).
The talk of today's Nokia World Show is 'Comes With Music', the freshly announced partnership between Nokia and Universal Music Group, which will be a subscription based music download service.
Rob Wells, senior vice president for digital at UMG, got up on stage this afternoon to explain the thinking behind the deal, and gave some more details.
One of the more eyecatching mobile applications on show at Nokia World today is called Mobile Secretary, from Chinese firm InterGrafx. It's basically a 3D avatar that acts as your virtual secretary, residing on your phone.
Nokia's multimedia supremo Anssi Vanoki showed off the company's new Ovi service at Nokia World today, demonstrating how it'll work on PCs, online and on mobile handsets. My takeaway thought is this: everyone bangs on about Nokia taking on Apple and its iPhone, but with Ovi, Nokia seems to be setting its sights at Google.
If you read my Digital Music Trends post yesterday, you'll know about Total Music, an idea cooked up by major label Universal Music Group that involved mobile handset manufacturers and MP3 player makers paying a monthly subscription to the labels, to give their users free, unlimited music downloads.
Well, Nokia's gone and done it. At least, I think they have.
Nokia chief Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo kicked off this year's Nokia World conference, on a whopping 47-metre-wide stage that over the next couple of days will hopefully see at least one speaker do a Mick Jagger and prance its length while hollering into a radio mic. Steve Ballmer would love it.
Anyway, Kallasvuo was on stage to talk Big Picture stuff, explaining Nokia's overall strategy and vision. And cor, Kallasvuo mentioned the iPhone (by name) within a couple of minutes of taking the stage. He's feeling confident, then, buoyed by Nokia's prediction that there'll be 3.2 billion mobile subscribers by the end of this year.
What to do if you're a big fan of Hello Kitty with an aching shoulder? Well, you'll be needing this Hello Kitty Shoulder Massager then. It costs £24.99, comes in four colours (pink, lilac, red and black, since you ask), and is available from UK website LoveHoney.
It's time for the second in our series of posts looking at the big trends in digital music - an area that Tech Digest has been covering more and more this year. Today's set of five include choose-your-own pricing, USB music sticks, record labels taking on iTunes, gnarly old bands getting webby, and the potential of Joost and online TV for music.
Nokia has announced another new mobile music service to join its existing Nokia Music Store. This time, it's a streaming radio service called Nokia Internet Radio, which brings the best internetweb stations direct to your handset.