Nokia Goes Ear-to-Ear with Apple

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Aug 9, 2006.

  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    $4.50 a share is nice parting gift for people stuck with LOUD. They never quite figured out how not to lose money.
  3. Daringescape macrumors regular

    May 7, 2003
    Nothing to worry about

    Cell phone companies still think people will buy music downloads fro $3.00 a pop. Look at what people pay for ringtones!!

    Why would I do that when I can pay .99 per song and put it on my phone?

    I predict this will fail. Miserably.
  4. designed macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2005
    Being from Finland myself I've always supported Nokia but they have been recently losing their edge and Nokia has never been very good with this sort of thing.

    It might be true that Nokia ships 40 million music capable phones per year but judging from people I know, only a fraction of those use the capabilities to any extend. Most just put in a few MP3s and use them as ringtones.

    The article is right that Loudeye aquisition could spawn up a zillion operator based download services and Nokia has mass and connections to potentially make this succesfull - but Apple is no small player either.

    If Apple manages to release a cell phone, I'm going for that anyway and using my iPod to listen to music. The phone can't possible be of less quality than my current medium range Nokia and if it's half as good as my Mac, I'll adore it.
  5. SemperMac macrumors newbie


    Jun 8, 2003
    Denmark, near the border to Germany
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I liked my one Nokia phone ever -- Symbian treated me well. But good luck with this. The US service provider market doesn't really like Apple much, but that just means that Nokia has privileged entrance to a sinking ship. :p

    Unless/until/as if a cell carrier creates such a good player system that it can completely supplant an iPod + iTunes... who is going to buy separate music for their cellphone at all? The only other way is to cripple features on your phone. And that's already created backlash, at least here....

    So basically for us Americans, this is another non-event. Does Nokia have a strong presence in any country where these kinds of services are really popular? I mean I see the Japanese buying songs on their phones, but that's about it.

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