5th April, 2013 marked a special day in the history of Nokia. Nokia launched it’s own music streaming service. Named after the company itself, it’s called Nokia Music. Released today, it is an app for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices.
Nokia Music is a fabulous app that enables desktop PC, laptop and tablet users to listen to a variety of unlimited amount of albums and singles. So far Nokia Music was a service that has confirmed to Windows Phone devices built exclusively by the Finnish mobile phone manufacturer.
Though the music app was launched back in September, but it differs from other such similar services such as Rdio and Spotify. However Nokia Music focuses on “mixes”, which are previously generated playlists similar to those from Last.fm and Pandora. All that a user needs to do is type in the name of an artist, or multiple artists for that matter of a particular song or album, and the Mix Radio feature will proceed from there on hassle free. There’s also the Nokia Music MP3 Store, which offers over 17 million tracks for offline playback. This concept is very similar to iTunes or the Google Play store. Also there is an option to import an existing library of tracks, for users who fancy just changing their default music player.
There is a slight bad news for people who are all geared up for this app. To use the Nokia Music app on Windows 8, or a Windows RT device such as the Surface, however one would need a Nokia Music+ subscription. Currently priced at $3.99 per month in the United States. The subscription will give “Mix Radio a substantial upgrade with unlimited skips, offline playback, higher audio stream quality and on-screen lyrics.”
Nokia Music is currently referred to as a lighter and also cheaper option to other music services available on Windows 8, such as Microsoft’s own Xbox Music currently available. The inability to pick individual tracks can be a low point, but several other features may prove it to be a worthwhile app.