Cannes, France (February 14, 2005)–At the 3GSM World Congress 2005, Microsoft Corp. and Nokia announced they are working together to ensure that consumers can enjoy music from the newly launched mobile music solution offered by Nokia and Loudeye Corp. to wireless operators on both Nokia handsets and Microsoft Windows XP-based PCs. The two companies also have agreed to a long-term collaboration on extended digital media format support.
This collaboration includes support on music-oriented Nokia handsets for Microsoft Windows Media Audio, Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM) 10 and Media Transfer Protocol (MTP), and support for Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) digital rights management and the MPEG Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) family of codecs in Windows Media Player via a plug-in. This dual-technology-stack support from both companies will further broaden the range of music enjoyment choices for consumers and delivery options for content owners and service providers, as well as ensure easy device connection and content flow between Nokia handsets and Windows XP-based PCs.
The mobile music service from Nokia and Loudeye is based on the OMA DRM and MPEG AAC standards and enables a wireless operator’s customers to search, listen, download and pay for music using an operator-branded music application on their mobile device. Windows Media Player is used for the PC component of the music solution, and wireless operators will be able to brand their music service when it is integrated into the Windows Media Player.
“This agreement makes it easier for consumers to download the music they want to listen to, without having to worry about whether or not the file format is supported. It’s all about enabling choice without compromising compatibility,” said Anssi Vanjoki, senior vice president and general manager, Multimedia Business Group at Nokia.