Nokia is getting ready to open a new online music store using Microsoft’s PlayReady DRM system. Microsoft had initially announced the PlayReady system back in February as a successor to PlaysForSure. The PlayReady DRM system will be compatible with any OS and media type with support for PC’s and mobile devices. The mobile version has just been released and will be used on the S60 and S40 Nokia mobile phones. It will allow users to transfer the content they download between their PC’s or other mobile devices. The PlayReady DRM system has support for music and video but also will include ringtones and games.
“People are increasingly using their mobile devices for enjoying digital content, such as music, games, videos and photos,” said Ilkka Raiskinen, senior vice president of Multimedia Experiences at Nokia. “By adding support for Microsoft PlayReady technology, we are enabling service providers to offer a wide range of content and create truly compelling experiences across mobile devices, personal computers and online services. We plan to support PlayReady across a range of S60 and Series 40 devices starting in 2008.”
While PlayReady is still DRM, it does remove some of the restriction and allows users to legally use their content on all the devices they own.