MU­SIC & VIDEO

En­ter­tain yourself (as well as friends and fam­ily) with these killer apps.

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NOKIA MIXRA­DIO

Price: Free / Pre­mium ($7.00/month)

Per­son­al­ized mu­sic, all day long, with no ad­ver­tis­ing. If that sounds good to you, then the Nokia MixRa­dio app is all you need on your Nokia Lu­mia smart­phone. Avail­able ex­clu­sively for Nokia Lu­mia de­vices, the free ver­sion lets you save up to four off­line mixes for play­back with­out an in­ter­net con­nec­tion. Of course, you can con­ve­niently sub­scribe within the app (for just $7 a month) to en­able un­lim­ited off­line mixes, higher qual­ity play­back, and more.

PLEX

Price: $4.99

De­signed for the home en­ter­tain­ment geeks, the Plex app for Win­dows Phone lets you con­ve­niently stream your videos, mu­sic, pho­tos and home movies to your Nokia Lu­mia de­vice from your home com­put­ers run­ning the Plex Me­dia Server (which hap­pens to be a free down­load at www.plexapp.com). Yes, this can work even if you’re half­way across the globe. In ad­di­tion, you can also queue on­line videos from web­sites like Vimeo and YouTube, for watch­ing at a later time.

SPO­TIFY

Price: Free / Pre­mium ($9.90/month)

For­get buy­ing CDs ev­ery month when you can sim­ply search, browse and play from mil­lions of tracks avail­able via Spo­tify. The app is free to down­load, though you’ll need to be a Spo­tify Pre­mium sub­scriber to take full ad­van­tage of the app on Win­dows Phone. With a Pre­mium ac­count, you can cre­ate playlists and save them for off­line play­back. On Win­dows Phone, the Live Tile will up­date with the song or al­bum cur­rently be­ing played, while users can also quickly pin fa­vorite playlists to the Start Screen.

SHAZAM

Price: Free

Lis­ten­ing to the ra­dio dur­ing the com­mute to work, a com­mon prob­lem is hear­ing a catchy song, and then to­tally for­get­ting the singer or band name. The Shazam app for Win­dows Phone aims to solve that prob­lem. Tap the Shazam but­ton to tag and ex­plore mu­sic, with the op­tion to pur­chase songs you like. Live Tile in­te­gra­tion with the app dis­plays your most re­cent tag, as well as the abil­ity to tag songs straight from the Start Screen.

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