Nokia Music hits US for free streaming audio
has launched Nokia Music within the US, giving Lumia owners there the choice to hear unlimited streaming playlists which were specially curated by the company’s musical experts. Available in Europe for some months now, Nokia Music is a bundled service for Nokia’s Windows Phone handsets: it demands no subscription fees or even no registration. If the curated playlists aren’t on your taste, there’s also the possibility to create your personal, custom streaming station.
That takes a track or artist as its seed, and – in what Nokia calls “CREATE” – musters up a playlist of comparable music. The generation engine uses a library of millions of songs, and there is no advertising interspersed, as you’d get from a free Spotify or Pandora account.
Offline playback is supported – synchronizing playlists on your Lumia for when you are and not using a data connection, together with when on a plane – and there is Gig Finder functionality to flag up nearby live performances. Playlists may be pinned as a homescreen tile.
Owners of the Nokia Lumia 900 and Lumia 710 within the US can download Nokia Music from the Marketplace from today. Obviously, we’re also waiting on Nokia’s new Windows Phone 8 range, expected to be revealed at an NYC event on Wednesday; take a look at our full rumor-roundup for all of the details we all know thus far.