This week Nokia announced their new Nokia Music+ service, which is a premium add-on to their free Mix Radio service.
You’ll get a number of benefits once you put down the coin. Firstly, you’ll be able to skip songs whenever you like – the standard Mix Radio, like Pandora, only allows a limited amount of skips per day. You’ll also get access to higher bitrate streams, which should appeal to anyone listening on high quality headphones or speakers. There’ll also be lyrics accompanying each song – although it’s not known whether this will be language-limited. A desktop web app is also on the cards, similar to the Google Music.
Also like Google Music will be the ability to save music for offline-consumption. Again, this will be unlimited but it’s not known whether you’ll be able to select individual tracks a la Google Music or whether you’ll be limited to storing only whole mix stations offline.
The service will cost $4 per month in the United States and €4 per month in Europe. Music+ will be available in the next few weeks, at which point specific pricing for individual territories will be announced. The service will be limited to Nokia handsets, including both Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8 devices – I’m looking forward to trying out the new Music+ on my Nokia Lumia 800
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