Microsoft and Nokia have announced a deal that will see Microsoft's music format supported on Nokia handsets.

The move means that you'll be able to transfer songs from a Windows XP Machine on to your phone and vice versa.

"This agreement makes it easier for consumers to download music they want to listen to, without having to worry about whether or not the file format is supportedm,” said Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Multimedia Business Group, Nokia.

This collaboration includes support for Windows Media Audio, Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM) 10 and Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) on music oriented Nokia handsets, and including support for Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Digital Rights Management and the MPEG Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) family of codecs in Windows Media Player via a plug-in.

Starting immediately, operators can provide their customers access and download of music using the mobile music solution from Nokia and Loudeye, allowing instant access to purchase content through Nokia handsets or Windows XP-based PCs. By supporting MTP on their handsets, Nokia is ensuring consumers have a simple and easy sync experience with their phones when transferring music to and from Windows XP-based PCs using Windows Media Player.