Nokia (NOK) on Tuesday began ramping up its efforts to compete with both Spotify and iTunes by announcing a new Nokia Music+ service that Lumia smartphone owners can subscribe to for $3.99 per month. Music+, which is an enhanced version of the free Nokia Music service the company launched last year, removes the free service’s limits on how many specialized mixes users can download and effectively lets Lumia users have as much offline music on their smartphones as they want. The new subscription service also significantly boosts the sound quality of music and Nokia claims that it “allows you to download music at six times the existing quality” and lets you “set rules to only download high quality when you’re on WiFi.” Nokia says the new service will roll out over the next few weeks.
Nokia (NOK) on Tuesday announced the launch of its free music streaming service on the Lumia 710 and Lumia 900 in the United States. Nokia Music gives Lumia owners access to more than 1 million songs and more than 150 exclusive playlists that are kept up to date by an “expert team of US based musicologists.” The service is free of advertisements, requires no registration and playlists are even accessible offline. “The USA is the most vibrant and competitive digital music market in the world – by a wide margin. We have worked extra hard to ensure our service meets the expectations of the demanding, active and inspired music fans in the USA,” said Jyrki Rosenberg, Nokia’s VP of entertainment. “I would like to challenge everyone to try Nokia Music and see just how easy and enjoyable the service is to use.” Nokia is expected to announce new Lumia devices at a press conference on Wednesday and BGR will be covering the event live. The company’s press release follows below. More →