LOUD Loudeye: Microsoft and Nokia collaborate to help ensure consumers can enjoy digital music anywhere (1.77 ) MSFT & NOK announced they are working together to ensure consumers can enjoy music from the newly launched mobile music solution offered by Nokia and Loudeye (LOUD) to wireless operators on both Nokia handsets and on Microsoft Windows XP-based PCs. The two companies have also agreed to long-term collaboration on extended digital media format support. This collaboration includes support for Windows Media Audio, Windows Media Digital Rights Management 10 and Media Transfer Protocol on music oriented Nokia handsets, and including support for Open Mobile Alliance Digital Rights Management and the MPEG Advanced Audio Coding family of codecs in Windows Media Player via a plug-in. This dual-technology-stack support from both companies will further broaden the range of music enjoyment choices for consumers and delivery options for content owners and service providers, as well as ensure easy device connection and content flow between Nokia handsets and Windows XP-based PCs. The mobile music service from Nokia and Loudeye is based on the OMA DRM and MPEG AAC standards and enables a wireless operator's customers to search, listen, download and pay for music using an operator branded music application on their mobile device.