Monday, March 02, 2009

Nokia Comes With Music & Nokia 5800 Launch in Singapore

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Now you can get as much music as you want with the revolutionary new digital music offering from Nokia. Called Comes With Music, it is now live in Singapore after it was launched together with the new Nokia 5800 XpressMusic last Friday. Nokia first announced Comes With Music in 2007 and it went live in the UK last year. Singapore is the first market in Asia where Comes With Music is available.

The Nokia Comes With Music & Nokia 5800 Launch in Singapore was held at Velvet Underground and it was hosted by 987fm's funny men, The Muttons. Here's a clip of them together with Nokia's Vlasta Berka talking about Comes With Music.

With the Nokia Comes With Music device, everyone in Singapore will now be able to enjoy unlimited downloads of million of free tracks from Nokia’s online music store. The best part is that you can get to keep all the downloaded songs, even after the service period is over. This is a great way to try new music risk free without having to pay for single tracks or albums. There is an an estimated four million tracks on the local Nokia Music Store catalogue, comprising a diverse range of major and independent labels carrying both international and local content across all genres. Comes With Music is widely supported by international labels such as, EMI Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music, as well as Asian independent labels such as Ocean Butterflies and Rock Records.

Nokia also launched its latest in XpressMusic range of devices, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic at the event on Friday. The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is a Comes With Music device. Key features of the phone are the person centric user interface with visualized contacts that makes it easy to share media and communicate with friends, the one-touch Media Bar drop down menu gives you an easy access to your favourite media, a high resolution 3.2 inch display, stereo speakers with surround sound, stylus and finger touch support for text input and user interface control, and 3G, SHSDPA and WLAN for powerful connections. Here's a short clip of the Nokia Comes With Music in action on the Nokia 5800.

The Nokia 5800 in red and blue is now available in Singapore at the recommended retail price of S$798. The silver-black version will be sold from mid-March onwards.

To view high resolution pics of the Nokia 5800 and other photos taken at the launch of the Nokia Comes With Music & Nokia 5800 including shots of the All-American Rejects, a popular rock band from the US who flew into Singapore specially for the launch, and pics of the people queuing up to buy the Nokia 5800 at only 58 cents, click here.

Update: Nokia Singapore responds to my question about the problems faced by the North America model of the 8500: "We have learned that some Nokia 5800 XpressMusic devices are having issues with 3G performance. This is a very isolated problem concerning only the North American market and is not specific to any other region or country. We are currently investigating the matter further to find a quick remedy to the situation."

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