Nokia Music+ touches down in the UK for WP8 Lumia owners

Nokia Music+ touches down in the UK for WP8 Lumia ownersThink of Nokia and music in the same sentence and you're mind probably comes to rest on ComesWithMusic, potentially accessorised with the Nokia 5800 and its short-lived 'plectrum'.

Well, Nokia Music+ is aiming to be far less of a gimmick, coming as it does with purely digital premium extras, and at a price of £3.99 a month.

The Nokia Music+ service is officially available to Windows Phone 8 Nokia Lumia owners in the UK from today, after launching in Europe (for the same price in euros) at the end of last month.

It aims to take on the likes of Spotify Premium for digital music lovers who want more convenience, better quality and faster downloads than the standard, and free, Nokia Music offers.

New features include unlimited skips when in radio mode, unlimited playlist download for offline playback (as opposed to the free version's four mixes), up to six times faster streaming via Wi-Fi (according to Nokia) and on-screen lyrics.

In addition, a companion web-app is on the way that will let you play songs on a Windows 8/RT PCs and tablets, to expand the service's reach beyond just your Windows Phone 8-powered Nokia Lumia smartphone.

It's free to try for a week by upgrading under the Settings menu in the standard Nokia Music app, after which you'll be charged a penny shy of £4 per month for the improved features.

That's still less than half what you pay for Spotify Premium, but with far more restrictive platform compatibility, Nokia Music+ can't really be seen as a direct competitor. Will it get the thumbs up as premium music service of choice for new Lumia owners, though?

It may just, but you'll probably only get the best out of it with a fairly mighty 4G allowance or if you've got Wi-Fi available most of the time.

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Pondlife  Feb. 15, 2013 at 16:40

It may just, but you'll probably only get the best out of it with a fairly mighty 4G allowance or if you've got Wi-Fi available most of the time.

You think? 3g should be more than adequate for this.

See we do get the rip off $=€=£ price though. Tut.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 15, 2013 at 17:42

Yes, 3G is more than enough...

AGK  Feb. 22, 2013 at 21:56

Just to say that with NM+ you can also fill your phone with high quality playlists via wi-fi and listen to them offline so a 3G connection is all you need. Perfect for the daily commute. Also with NM+ you get to stream lyrics for many songs in real time - if you want to.

Pondlife  Feb. 23, 2013 at 11:50

Well if they'd give up playing with wp and adopt a successful os I might even give it a go.

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