Nokia has announced it is shutting down its Ovi Music unlimited subscription service in 27 countries including the U.K. It seems that Nokia subscribers were unable to renew their subscriptions from the 12th of January.
The Comes With music service has been losing ground practically since launch, with slow take-up in many markets due to the DRM issues and tracks being locked to specific handsets causing many to shy away from a service that would take their songs away when when their handset was replaced. In addition the songs offered were at low 64kbps quality in an effort to make mobile downloads faster.
Existing users will still have access to their old tracks after the service is shut down until the end of their current subscription. Nokia is continuing to offer DRM free music through it’s music store.