Losers strike back: Nokia challenge Spotify and BlackBerry unveil new phone
Today, it is the Revenge of the Losers. First up, Nokia who are hoping to win people over that were last in love with the company when they made Snake II, with a new music service.
Nokia Music+ is a subscription-based service which is very similar to the hugely popular Spotify (which just so happens to be unavailable for Windows Phone users). Nokia customers will be able to download unlimited mixes for offline playback, listen to tracks with unlimited track skips, have the option to select higher quality audio when connecting via Wi-Fi and stream lyrics.
However, the big difference is that Nokia Music+ will cost just £3.99 a month (Spotify Premium is around a tenner).
"By removing barriers like adverts and sign-ins, Nokia Music makes it easy for users to discover and enjoy music on the go. Nokia Music+ now provides increased control over the listening experience at half the cost of many third party services," said Jyrki Rosenberg, VP for Entertainment at Nokia.
Nokia Music+ will be available to Nokia Lumia owners as a paid update and will roll out very soon.
Elsewhere, BlackBerry are looking to crawl back into our affections, as Research In Motion (RIM) look to put their huge global operating losses behind them and unveil new phones on Wednesday. One phone will feature the classic BB keyboard, while the other will have a touchscreen. Both handsets will showcase the new BB10 software, according to reports.
If it fails, it looks like BlackBerry could disappear forever. If they are to succeed, analysts think that RIM will need to win back the corporate customers that used BBs so extensively. As for Nokia? Will this be the thing that helps them to rival Samsung and Apple? It's not exactly offering anything new is it?