What Nokia did next - a music store

Nokia's just fired a warning volley across the bows of Sony, Microsoft and Apple by announcing plans for its own music download store.The Finnish outf

Nokia's just fired a warning volley across the bows of Sony, Microsoft and Apple by announcing plans for its own music download store.

The Finnish outfit that makes Stuff faves such as the N93 (pictured) has just signed a deal with download expert Loudeye. You probably haven't heard of Loudeye, but it aready provides the back-end for existing music stores including MSN, Tiscali and Oxfam Big Noise Music.

All we know about Nokia's plans so far is that it's likely to offer mobile downloads direct to your phone and should provide access to all Loudeye's 1.6 million songs.

Whatever the details, a Nokia N-Store would certainly give the mobile giant's phones an advantage over Sony Ericsson's lovely Walkman phones, which currently work with none of the major download services.

The ink should be dry on the deal by Christmas, so expect more major news on this front soon.