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Nokia and Vodafone want a share of Apple's success

Two new entries (opens in new tab) this week on the list of iTunes wannabees.

Nokia has launched its Nokia Music store which allows users to download music - the songs cost 80p each with an album costing ten times more and the service does not work on the Mac platform and through the Mozilla Firefox Browser.

More than two million tracks are to be offered at launch, compared with the six million tracks that Apple's iTunes offers.

Meanwhile Mobile phone company, Vodafone, has launched a rival service called Musicstation which offers unlimited streaming music courtesy of Omnifone, for only £1.99 per week (that's a tad more than £100 per year) and you don't even own the music - this makes up for an expensive On Demand Radio.

However, you have access to up to 1.2 m tracks from Universal and Sony BMG.

The downside of both services is that you can't readily transfer them to other media devices. In the case of Vodafone's Musicstation, you can't even go to another service provider.

Musicstation is compatible with a limited number of phones, although the list is set to grow soon.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.