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I have been using Nokia’s Ovi Music, formerly known as Nokia Music, since it’s release in 2008. Or was it 2007? Since I had a N97 when it was released it made sense to buy music directly from Nokia as I was looking forward to the Comes With Music option some phones had. However, to use Ovi Music I had to sign up with an account in the UK.

Earlier today I happened to go to the site to see if anything was new and I noticed that the United States is now listed amongst the countries. When I selected it I saw a screen stating they’re applying the “final touches”!

I’ve used Napster and Amazon to buy music but I have always wanted one source for my music.  Going to the UK works fine but I would rather get the music from my home country. The Ovi Suite currently available for Nokia devices makes using Ovi Music an even easier choice since I can do everything right from Ovi Suite, including searching and purchasing music. But in the US you have to trick Ovi Suite into thinking you’re not in the US by changing your base location (currently set to the UK for me). If you select the United States you get the “we’re not in your area yet” message. Let’s home today’s discover means I’ll be able to get the music here in the states!

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Since Nokia released their latest firmware (21.2.045) for the N97 I went from loving my phone to wanting to throw it against the wall. Luckily I loved it enough to spend the time trying to get it back to the phone I knew before the update. After 4 hard resets and a mass storage defrag I was still having issues.  In short, the phone was restarting itself 2 or 3 times a day and when it stayed on I would get memory full errors when trying to use the built-in web browser, Nimbuzz or Nokia Communities. I also could no longer use the FOTA feature as selecting the icon just resulted in the screen blinking and returning to the Applications menu without searching for updates.

What rekindled my love for the N97? The thanks go to Ricky Cadden at Symbian-Guru.com and his response to a comment I made on his article, “Anssi Vanjoki On The Nokia N97 Debacle“.  Ricky pointed out that since I had not formatted the mass storage drive I would run into many problems. As all my Nokia Music is on my mass storage drive I was reluctant to do the formatting. However, the problems continued and out of frustration and hope I bit the bullet and did a 5th reset and formatted the mass storage drive.

Problem solved! Well at least until I started adding some apps back on the phone. Luckily I tracked each app as I installed it and to test the phone I would use the browser and Nimbuzz, after reinstalling it, and FOTA all at the same time. Everything worked for a day until I loaded the last two applications….Nokia Sports Tracker and Handy Taskman. The phone started repeating the problems and I since I tracked the installs I did not return to a state of frustration.

I removed both apps and the phone has been perfect for the past two days and I can’t do anything to make the breaks reappear. To demonstrate this, and for the purpose of this article, I had Ovi Maps, Nimbuzz, and ScreenSnap all running at the same time with Communities and AccuWeather active on my homescreen. I was also able to use FOTA with no issues!

At this point I have no plans of installing Taskman until I contact the makers to let them know of the issues. I beleive the application has not been changed since the N97 was released in June 2009 and there may be a conflict between Taskman and v21.2.045. As for Nokia Sports Tracker, I will give it one more shot as it is one of my favorite Nokia apps of all time. I haven’t installed my music again and I’m saving that for after the reinstall of Sports Tracker and ensuring a couple of days of stability….both for the phone and me.

Thanks for your suggestions Ricky. Thanks to you I am in love with my N97 again!