Nokia Music app for Windows 8 and RT launched

In February, Nokia launched its expanded Nokia Music+ service for Lumia smartphone owners in the US, and has since expanded that service to other countries. It offers owners of that Windows Phone smartphone family an unlimited streaming music service for $4 a month.

Today, Nokia launched the Nokia Music app for Windows 8 and Windows RT PCs in the Windows Store. While the app offers a free trial for its Nokia Music+ service, you will still need to buy a Lumia smartphone and sign up for the service in order to use Nokia Music+ full time from the Windows 8 app. The app can also be used to play music from the personal song collection of any Windows 8 user, with the app description stating, "Play and queue your own music and we'll give you all the same great discovery and rich artist information."

Like the Windows Phone 8-based app, the Windows 8/RT version allows users who have a Nokia Music+ subscription to play and download from a library of 20 million tracks. It also has hundreds of playlists created by Nokia that cover tons of music genres, or you can create your own mix lists. The Windows 8 Live Tile for the app will show which music artist is currently playing. You can also send what the app is playing wirelessly to "many smart TVs or DLNA-enabled devices."

My Nokia Blog reports that the app is only available in the US, UK, Ireland and Australia but will expand to all of the countries that are served by Nokia Music+ in the coming weeks.

Source: Windows Store | Image via Nokia

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Well done Nokia! Fast, smooth and great looking too! Took me a few seconds to decide this was going to be my standard music player.

Can't wait for VLC to arrive so I can do away with all the poor Xbox Entertainment apps. A real shame that the people in the Xbox team are sleeping but luckily Nokia is more engaged. Seems to me the Xbox team 'had' to do music and video as well while Nokia wanted to do music.

Not on a Win 8 box ATM. But does this handle SD card MP3s better than the XBox Music app? And it says it supports DLNA compatible speakers but doesn't Microsoft itself limit this to Microsoft-certified PlayTo speakers in Windows 8 (which really means it supports one speaker, the Aperion?

Hopefully they will open up the ability to subscribe from windows 8 and not just the phone..... don't have a lumia phone because they are not on sprint and don't look to be bringing devices anytime soon.

Yeah that's fair enough! Leave some feedback from the settings charm, you'd be surprised at how much user feedback they actually incorporate into their products!

Omen1393 said,
This destroys Xbox Music, it's a shame they don't have ad-supported streaming for free though.

No it doesn't. You can't download any songs offline to listen to. Otherwise, I would have jumped on board. That's why I prefer XBox Music right now.

Ehm, are you sure? At least on my phone, you can download up to 4 playlists to listen to offline, for free. When you are a paid subscriber, you get unlimited playlists. If the complaint is about not being able to download individual songs: well, this service costs $4/month instead of $10/month that you have to pay for Spotify and Xbox Music. You gain some, you lose some...

Yeah, that's my point. When I want to listen to the new Black Rebel Motorcycle Club album, rather than it as a playlist offline, I can't. At least with XBox Music, I can download it to my Lumia 920, PC, and Zune without having to chew up bandwidth and get cap notices from my ISP from streaming all of the time. I REALLY was hoping Nokia Music had that ability because I would have loved to pay this subscription rather than $10/month.

briangw said,
Yeah, that's my point. When I want to listen to the new Black Rebel Motorcycle Club album, rather than it as a playlist offline, I can't. At least with XBox Music, I can download it to my Lumia 920, PC, and Zune without having to chew up bandwidth and get cap notices from my ISP from streaming all of the time. I REALLY was hoping Nokia Music had that ability because I would have loved to pay this subscription rather than $10/month.

Nokia Music has this ability, but only on Nokia phones.
I can listen offline like spotify or other things, all for free.
Listen music ad-free, only 5 songs per hour are skippable though.

But iirc, you can't pick and choose the artists or albums you want to play offline. I thought when I tried it out, it was only a smart mix type of thing offline but when you were online, you could select what you wanted?

If not, that's great please confirm, but when I tried on my Lumia, I didn't see it as the same as XBox Music.

You can't. That's why it's cheaper. This is in the same category as Pandora (which wants $3/month for ad-free streaming and unlimited skips, but doesn't support offline playback). Xbox Music, Spotify, etc are a different category of services. It's just another option: for some, $4 vs $10/month makes a difference. It's just not a service for you.

ok, thanks.

Maybe I'll try it out in the future to see if I like it. I'm just concerned about spotty reception coupled with my ISP yelling at me when I go over 250 GB a month. Thanks for the info.

Yeah, they did a better job than Microsoft. Only thing I'm missing is sorting my library by release year, and also I have no album thumbnails, but that may just be because I haven't given it time to retrieve them from the metadata yet.