Nokia is to launch its Comes With Music service in China, a move which suggests the Finnish mobile manufacturer is looking to emerging markets to boost its unlimited download service.

Last month the company confirmed it would launch in India and it is also in Brazil, Russia and Indonesia. It has reportedly struggled in established music markets, where the DRM-enabled music may put off consumers.

"The forthcoming launch of the service in India will add significant scale and differentiation in another critical market," said a Nokia statement today (April 8).

The China launch will be in local partnership with Huadong Feitian and will include a "rich catalog" of local artists. It will be available to consumers across China via eight pre-licensed music devices at launch from retailers nationwide.

Entry level prices will start at €140 ($186.40), excluding local taxes and subsidies.

"This launch delivers a truly mass market music offering from China's most loved mobile brand. Our broad range of Comes With Music enabled devices and the high quality, DRM-free catalogue form the perfect legal download recipe for the world's biggest market for mobile phones," says Liz Schimel, global head of music, in a statement.

"Globally, we have expanded the reach of our music service to 30 markets in just 18 months. We are excited to see consumers building collections of the music they love through our service, and we are firmly on the path to delivering legal digital music to all parts of the world. It's fantastic to have so many local and global labels partner with us to deliver this service in China. The industry came together to support us in innovating the mobile music business model in this unique market."

The service will include catalogs from the majors and independent labels including Huayi Brothers Media Group and Taihe Rye.

"China is a massive opportunity and a challenging market to address. Nokia is the undisputed dominant mobile player within China - there is no better partner with whom to develop the market in new, imaginative ways and make the most of its potential," said Rob Wells, SVP Digital at Universal Music Group International.

"We think there is great potential to convert China's massive audience of music fans into consumers of legitimate digital music with compelling services that are easy-to-use and broadly available across a wide array of mobile devices," added Thomas Hesse, president, global digital business, U.S. sales and corporate strategy, Sony Music Entertainment.