At least, your mobile phone might join in. It will if it’s a Nokia 5320 XpressMusic. One of the latest Nokia handsets, this includes the Nokia Say and Play software. The rather intuitively titled program enables you to pick a song just by speaking the title. It could make for some fairly embarassing situations involving bad music tastes – although it may not, of course.
All in all it’s a pretty nifty piece of kit for music lovers on the go. Quick downloading of tunes is enabled through HSDPA and USB 2.0. Up to 8GB external memory is offered through the microSD card slot.
Nokia has also announced that its “Comes with Music” phones will include 12 months access to their as yet undefined music download service. Its perhaps a little odd that the 5320, and similar 5220, don’t include access to this service but perhaps something bigger and better is planned to coincide with that announcement.
For those who don’t know – the Comes with Music product was announced in December last year. At the time of the press release, the service was being billed for a mid 2008 release and would include millions of tracks. Consumers could download an unlimited number of songs that they would be able to keep even once their subscription came to an end. Could be promising, and we will try to dig up a little more dirt on the service and its expected release details but we can tell you that Universal Music Group International and Sony BMG are already lined up for the release of the service.
Competition for iTunes?