Ben Drury, the CEO of 7digital.com, has issued a statement following the launch of Nokia's Comes With Music service in the UK.
The service is due to go live towards the end of October and promises unlimited access to a library of millions of tracks for a year, with users able to keep downloaded songs after the year ends.
Drury is not impressed: "Nokia’s new service is an interesting new model for digital music but at first glance seems fatally flawed. Songs downloaded through the Comes With Music service are not in MP3 format and are wrapped in Digital Rights Management locks which means the downloads cannot be played across a multitude of music devices including iPods and all other MP3 players".
"Nokia claims users will be able to keep any downloaded tracks forever, even if they decide not to renew their contract. In reality, 'forever' means for the lifetime of the device (typically 2 years) or computer they download to – users won’t be able to transfer their music to new, non-Nokia devices in the future."