Today Nokia announced a new service for those who are willing to pay a monthly fee (a small one at that). It will cost €3.99/$3.99 (£2.50) a month and you can pay using an existing Nokia account. Paying for the service does not just add a + at the end of your usual Nokia Music; it adds a ‘slew’ of new features, and brings ‘more quality and choice’ than your usual free Nokia Music app with Mix Radio.
What will you get? Well, you will have the added benefit of all of these features:
- Unlimited skips on Mix Radio: the free Mix Radio lets you skip up to six songs an hour due to ‘tricky radio licensing laws’.
- Unlimited downloads of playlists: the free Mix Radio lets you download up to four playlists.
- Higher quality music: the free Mix Radio compresses files and keeps them small for streaming and storing. With Nokia Music+ you can download music with ‘eight times the existing quality’. You have the ability to choose if you want more compressed files or higher quality files.
- Lyrics: they come with the music and you can choose whether they’re in a scrolling list, karaoke-style format, or a display where you can scroll up and down.
- A free app: you don’t have to have a phone for the service. There will be a web-app for computers, smart TV’s, and other connected devices.
For the low price of the service I would say that it is good value for money. Nokia Music and Mix Radio has been widely lauded for the fact that it offers so much for free, with no adverts and no need for signing up. Nokia Music+ adds that little bit more to make it a complete service for audiophiles. It is very competitive with the more expensive Spotify. Although, it does not give you quite as much as the latter service, or give you the complete reign to just download any song or album you like for free (like Nokia’s Unlimited Downloads that came free with some devices back in the day), it does still let you have a basically unlimited source of free music that you can download. I saw Nokia Music+ as a new service just waiting to be made, and it looks like Nokia did as well!
You can download the app from the Windows Phone Store. It is not available for Symbian or Meego devices. There is no word yet on whether the service is just for Windows Phone 8 devices, or if Windows Phone 7/7.5/7.8 devices are invited to the party too.