March 27, 2008 / 8:24 AM / 12 years ago

Nokia talks to major labels about music service: report

Employees walk to the change of shift at the plant of Nokia in Bochum February 12, 2008. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia NOK1V.HE is in talks with all the major music labels to sell their songs through its “Comes With Music” service, expected to be launched later this year, a company executive told the Financial Times on Thursday.

“We have negotiations and discussions ongoing with all the majors and a number of indies as well,” Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia’s executive vice-president, told the Financial Times. “Certainly our target is to have other labels on board.”

Nokia said in December it would offer unlimited music from at least Universal Music Group (VIV.PA) for buyers of certain Nokia devices.

The world’s top mobile phone maker was well placed to weather the economic downturn, Vanjoki also told the Financial Times.

Reporting by Sakari Suoninen; Editing by David Holmes

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