Today at Billboard’s annual MIDEM breakfast Nokia announced Nokia Music+, a new subscription-based upgrade to its free-to-stream mobile music service, offering a range of additional features for a monthly fee. It will be rolling out as an optional update to the existing service in the first quarter of this year. The existing Nokia Music service will continue to be available to Nokia Lumia owners free of charge, without advertisements, registration or subscription.
Nokia Music users create their own mixes or stream from playlists curated by a team of musicologists and artists. Mixes can also be saved for offline playback.
Nokia Music+ adds the following additional features:
The ability to download unlimited mixes for offline playback
Unlimited track skips providing greater opportunities to self-curate streamed music
The option to select higher quality audio when connecting via Wi-Fi
Lyric streaming for many tracks
Listen to Nokia Music via Internet-enabled devices, including PC or tablet
Jyrki Rosenberg, VP for Entertainment at Nokia said, “By removing barriers like adverts and sign-ins, Nokia Music makes it easy for users to discover and enjoy music on the go. Nokia Music+ now provides increased control over the listening experience at half the cost of many third party services."
Nokia Music launched in the U.S. in September of last year.
Nokia Music+ will be available to Nokia Lumia owners as a paid for update to the existing free service.