Nokia Stops Unlimited Music Service in Most Markets

Nokia Oyj, the world’s biggest maker of mobile phones, has discontinued the offer of unlimited music packages in most of the markets where it appeared.

The company will continue to offer 12-month unlimited music packages with the purchase of certain handsets in China, India and Indonesia and six-month subscriptions in Brazil, Turkey and South Africa, Tomi Kuuppelomaeki, a spokesman, said by e-mail. Espoo, Finland-based Nokia stopped selling the packages in other markets at the end of 2010, he said.

Customers who buy or have bought the unlimited-music packages should experience no disruption in their service, Kuuppelomaeki said. The unlimited music service, known as Comes With Music or Ovi Music Unlimited, debuted in the U.K. in October 2008. It was eventually offered in 33 markets, Andrew Flowers, a spokesman, said by telephone.

Nokia will continue selling individual music tracks in its Ovi Music store and working with partners on new services, the spokesmen said.

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