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-- Nokia laid out its subscription renewal plans for Comes With Music customers in the U.K. Its plan, according to Niklas Savander, the company's executive VP of services, is to offer customers a month-to-month renewal option. "We have had a lot of feedback from operators on the need to transition when people reach the end of the 12 months," he said, "so this is going to make a big difference with the carriers." No word was given on the cost, but word is cost will be determined by the level of carriers' subsidies. The rest of Music Alley's post has good comments and reflections from Savander on Comes With Music's slow start in the U.K. ("We underestimated the go-to-market effort"), marketing to young consumers ("the youth are struggling with the concept that you have to pay for music") and third-party apps ("We have to let the consumers choose"). (Music Ally)

-- A few downtown Los Angeles retailers offer a good case study on how to stay in business. Said Amoeba Music co-owner Marc Weinstein, "Big chains went under because they lost track of core customers and grew too big and expected to make a certain amount of profit. Virgins were almost like banks or something." The store manager of Book Soup, a former competitor of Tower Books on the Sunset Strip, blamed a lack of creativity. "You can't just sell books anymore and expect to get by," he said. "Events are really what keep us open. You have to be a tastemaker and talk to people in an educated way about books." For more on Amoeba, read the entire interview with Weinstein. (The Wrap)

-- Here's the key takeaway from Nielsen's latest Three Screen Report: "American consumers appear to be adding video consumption platforms, not replacing them, and media multi-tasking is part of the equation." (Download five-page PDF here.) The report shows 57% of Internet consumers use TV and Internet simultaneously at home (which accounts for only 3% of TV watching), the mobile video audience increased 70% from the prior year and time spent watching online video rose 46% over the last year. (Nielsen Wire)

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