Days after acquiring Nokia for € 5.5 bn, Microsoft has pulled the plug on Nokia Music India’s website, while the music store in US & other regions such as France still seem to be active.
Nokia Music’s India site, said that users can still access Nokia Music on most Nokia phones, listen to mixes and enjoy your own music and connect to local music in the usual way. The shutdown was spotted by Medianama.
It appears that only the web version has been pulled. The notice on Nokia site said: You will not be able to download music from Nokia Music through your web browser, Nokia music player or Aditi.
People with an active Nokia Music Unlimited subscription can still download and listen to songs on their Nokia phones.
The notice said:
All Nokia Music Unlimited compatible phones will come with a free period of Nokia Music Unlimited subscription, after which you may be able to renew your subscription for a renewal fee. After your subscription has ended you can continue to listen to any music you have already downloaded on your Nokia phone.
Nokia’s new range of Lumia phones come with unlimited music streaming for 3 months, free of advertisements or subscription charges with the ability to download playlists and listen offline.
Nokia spokesperson said
We communicated the ramp down of desktop downloads in India back in 2011 as part of our mobile first strategy. We will continue to invest significantly in the success of Nokia Music in India.
Nokia music store was launched in 2009 in India with over 3 million songs. At the time, you had to install the Nokia music client on your desktop to access songs. Last month, Google had killed its music search service.