Mix it up with Nokia Mu­sic+

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Gadgets -

LIKE other stream­ing mu­sic ser­vices, Nokia has in­tro­duced a sec­ond tier to its Nokia Mu­sic Mix Ra­dio where you pay to get more features. Nokia Mu­sic+ is a sub­scrip­tion ser­vice avail­able to Lu­mia users for $4.99 a month, although you can sign up for a free seven-day trial.

What do you get?

If you don’t like the song in the cu­rated playlist you’ve down­loaded, just skip it. With Mu­sic+, you have in­fi­nite skips. With Mu­sic+ you can down­load an un­lim­ited num­ber of mixes for off­line play­back. You also have the abil­ity to se­lect high­erqual­ity au­dio when con­nect­ing through wi-fi. If you just lis­ten to mu­sic on your phone through ba­sic ear­buds, this might not be of in­ter­est. But if you con­nect your phone to an au­dio dock, then go­ing for bet­ter qual­ity is a sen­si­ble op­tion. There is also the op­tion of see­ing the lyrics to the songs be­ing played. Nokia pitches this as be­ing handy for peo­ple who en­joy im­promptu karaoke ses­sions. So although it is a fea­ture of the Mu­sic+, it prob­a­bly won’t be a very pop­u­lar one. One of the key ad­van­tages is that you can lis­ten to your Mu­sic+ stream through a PC or a tablet.

Howdo you get it?

Lu­mia users can up­grade to Mu­sic+ by se­lect­ing Nokia Mu­sic from the file area, click­ing on set­tings and then up­grade. One you ac­ti­vate the sub­scrip­tion, you click on Mix Ra­dio to down­load your playlists.

Al­ter­na­tives

If a paid stream­ing mu­sic ser­vice is not your cup of tea, Lu­mia users can down­load Pan­dora, a per­son­alised ra­dio app you can find in the Win­dows Phone Store. You se­lect your favourite artist, song or com­poser and Pan­dora will cre­ate a cus­tomised sta­tion play­ing sim­i­lar tracks.

RC

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.