Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia has made its new Nokia Music+ service available for its Windows Phone users in the UK this week, with a host of added features when compared to what the standard Nokia Music has to offer.
However, the new service offering is available for a small monthly fee, compared to the free Nokia Music that is accessible to all those who purchased a Lumia device.
For those out of the loop, we should note that Nokia announced the new service several weeks ago, with a price tag of €3.99 / $3.99 / £3.99 a month attached to it, which is not too expensive, as WPCentral
For the time being, the service is available only for the owners of Windows Phone-based devices
, though Nokia also plans on bringing it to Windows 8 and Windows RT machines via dedicated clients, as well as to other users via web.
Some of the main features that the Nokia Music+ premium subscription provides users with include:
- Unlimited skips. Whether you like to skip from track to track, or just want extra control over what you hear. There’s no stopping you with Nokia Music+.
- Unlimited downloads. The free service allows you to download up to four Mixes (each of which contains hours of music) and play them without an Internet connection. The paid service removes this limit – you can download a massive supply of offline music you can swap as you wish.
- Higher quality. We were surprised by the high quality of streaming music from Nokia Music, even over a 2.5G connection. Nokia Music+ allows you to download music at six times the existing quality. Plus, you can set rules to only download high quality when you’re on WiFi, for example.
- Lyrics. Words to the songs you’re listening to, right on your Nokia Lumia. Either in a scrolling list, Karaoke-style format, or a display you can scroll up and down
According to Nokia
, those who are currently using the original free Mix Radio service will be happy to learn that the service will remain as it is.