Nokia’s Music Store Fail

I heard last night on the Tv that Nokia is going to be releasing their Music store at first I thought maybe this would be great for South Africa since the majority of our population do not have smart phones such as the iphone….

They claim to launch on the 24th but if their current site is any thing to go on I as well as many others will be highly disappointed.

Major issues.
1) Going to the site on a mobile (Nokia 6300) gives a content type of wml (text/vnd.wap.wml) on a phone that clearly supports xhtml mobile profile.
2) Their site isn’t even in wml it is xhtml served with a content type of xml FAIL! on most of the phones
3) They site is missing the correct xml decleration.<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?> This is normally an issue with IE6 since it doesn’t understand xml…. but wait I thought this was a mobile site?
4) Mobile profile <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//WAPFORUM//DTD XHTML Mobile 1.0//EN" "http://www.wapforum.org/DTD/xhtml-mobile10.dtd">
should be used instead of <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.1//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml11/DTD/xhtml11.dtd">
5) Use of javascript on a phone that clearly doesn’t support it, way to go to save data use age. <script type="text/javascript" src="js/getElementsByClassName.js"></script>
6) IE specific css <!--[if lt IE 7]><link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="css/ie6.css" /><![endif]--> Is this a website NO!

Oddly enough the UK version is more mobile compliant then the international one with minor errors like the xml header (point 1 and 2) other wise pretty nice site.

I am pretty sure there are more basic errors and maybe I will bother to check it out again and update this post but for now I have other important stuff to get done.

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6 Comments to Nokia’s Music Store Fail

  1. They said at launch that the site will be compatible with certain phones and windows browsers. I can access it fully off my nokia 5800, but not off my mac laptop. The site from what I can see has a HUGE variety of music which impresses me. The compatibility issues will be ironed out soon enough

  2. monstar on April 24th, 2009
  3. blah, They are a mobile company (currently one of the most successful) and they can’t even make a decent mobile site? Doesn’t matter if they say they going to fix it later on It is a shame Nokia put their name on that site.

  4. drubin on April 24th, 2009
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  9. Good post!Thanks for the good reading!

  10. virgil on December 19th, 2009
  11. Mobile music is the trend nowadays, it makes sense to have great music on your mobile phone.’**

  12. Louis Price on July 9th, 2010