Today sees the arrival of a new Nokia Music app for the desktop and tablet version of Windows 8, designed to allow Nokia Music+ subscribers to get even more out of the service.
Nokia’s head of music, Mike Bebel, tells us, “When we launched Nokia Music+, the improvements were all designed around consumer feedback. So what did the biggest fans of the free Nokia Music service want most to take it to the next level?
“What people wanted most were unlimited skips, more offline storage, access to lyrics and the ability to use the service on all of their different devices.”
The Windows 8 app builds on the HTML5 access first brought with Nokia Music, and as you can see, it looks amazing.
”With Windows 8/ Windows Phone 8 sharing the same development kernel, we were able to create the core experience true to the mobile app, and very quickly.”
”It carries the same look and feel that people enjoy with the Windows Phone app, but brings it to larger screens with high quality rich media that encourages people’s journey of discovery – a great example being recommendations for more music right on the player screen.”
Additional screens provide access to artist information, recent mixes and more as you swipe through the app.
Here’s a list of some of the main features of Nokia Music for Windows 8:
- 7 Day trial of NM+, with an in-app upgrade path (30sec clip mixes outside of the trial period)
- 100’s of curated mixes from Nokia experts and international artists
- Listen to all the MP3’s in your ‘My Music’ library via the app
- Mix recommendations based on the music playing, for both mixes and your own collection
- Artist Mix – see up to three artists and the app will create a playlist based on your choices
- Offline mix – save as many mixes as you can carry for offline playback
- Search for mixes containing your favourite artist
- Artist pages complete with high quality artist images, biographies, tweets, gig info (including Here mapping), related artists and more
- Snap View – minimise Nokia Music on your home screen but still access music controls
- Play To – Stream music to DLNA devices on your wireless network
Mike says that Nokia Music+ for Windows 8 is “one step further for service, and equally reinforces Nokia Lumia as the smartphone of choice for the Windows 8 ecosystem.”
“Whether you’re at home using a tablet, connected via a PC in the office, or using your smartphone on the move, Nokia Music is there with a soundtrack to match.”
Nokia Music for Windows 8 and Windows RT is available now from the Windows 8 Store in the UK, US, Ireland and Australia, and will be rolling to all countries with Nokia Music+ in the coming weeks. There is no additional charge for Nokia Music+ subscribers, who can simply fill in their existing credentials within the app. You can also start a free 7-day trial of Nokia Music+ by registering for a Nokia account within the app.