Nokia is taking on the likes of Pandora and Spotify in the U.S. with its Nokia Music service, which is free to owners of its Lumia Windows Phone handsets. Above, the Lumia 900. Photo: Jim Merithew/Wired
Nokia Music, a streaming service previously offered only in Europe, is now playing on U.S. shores for owners of Nokia’s Lumia Windows Phone handsets.
The service, which is something like a mashup of Spotify and Pandora, is free for owners of the Lumia 710, Lumia 900 and future Nokia Windows Phone handsets.
From within a Nokia Music app, available in the Windows Phone Marketplace, Lumia users can listen to songs found on more than 150 playlists curated by musicians including Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey and Rihanna, and ”an expert team of US based musicologists” hired by Nokia. “The playlists span a wide spectrum of musical genres from underground Detroit house tracks to New York Philharmonic favorites,” Nokia said in a statement.
If you’re not into listening to someone else’s lineup of tunes, you can listen to anything found in Nokia’s multimillion-song library, and the app will offer up a playlist based on what you’re listening to. You can save playlists to the phone for offline listening, and every song found in the app, which launched abroad about a year ago, is available for purchase through Nokia’s MP3 store. Additionally, the app’s Gig Finder feature enables users to find out what musicians are playing nearby.
Unlike Spotify, Pandora, Rdio and other music streaming services, Nokia Music has no advertisements and requires no registration or subscription.