While Spotify is still not available for Windows Phone 8, the best music option so far was either Microsoft's Xbox Music, or - for Lumia users - Nokia Music with its free Mix Radio. But soon Lumia customers can rejoice because Nokia today announced Nokia Music+, which brings a slew of new and richer options for a low monthly subscription fee of 3.99 Euro / US$ 3.99; challenging Spotify and Microsoft Xbox Music even further which asks for 9.99 Euro to be available on mobile devices. For those that love the original free Mix Radio service - which is pretty good and complete for a free service - it will remain intact; Nokia Music+ is all about adding extra. While Nokia Music, which is a great for discovering new music, is pretty limited in terms of skipping songs, Nokia Music+ introducing features like infinite skips and unlimited downloads.
Jyrki Rosenberg, VP Entertainment at Nokia says: "People love Nokia Mix Radio – in fact, many people are amazed that we can offer it for free. It's the only smartphone music service out there offering access to millions of songs out of the box without the need to sign up, sign in, or suffer adverts in between enjoying the music. When you add in the ability to skip songs and save playlists for offline uses like the tube, you have something unique."
Nokia Music+ is for people who care enough about music to pay something for more quality and choice, but don't want to pay €9.99 monthly. Music+ adds unlimited skips which allows to skip from track to track, or adds extra control over what users hear. Furthermore it introduces unlimited downloads. The free service allows users to download up to four Mixes (each of which contains hours of music) and play them without an Internet connection. The paid service removes this limit and allows to download a massive supply of offline music.
Last but not least Music+ introduces higher quality by allowing customers to download music at eight times the existing quality; plus users can set rules to only download high quality when they are on WiFi. And there's one more thing - lyrics. Words to the songs users are listening to are displayed right on the Lumia. Either in a scrolling list, Karaoke-style format or a display which can scrolled up and down.
But Nokia Music+ isn't about Lumias only but also about the desktop since the subscription also gives users access to the service through a web-app; allowing to play Mixes on a PC, smart TV or other connected screens.
Nokia Music+ is said to roll out in the next few weeks. The price will vary slightly according to territory, but is expected be available at around 3.99 Euro / US$ 3.99 per month.
Cheers ~ Arne