While Nokia Music has been available for some time in Europe and other locales, United States Lumia owners have been neglected until today, where the free music streaming service finally launches. If you have either a Nokia Lumia 710 or Lumia 900 you should be able to take advantage of the service, where Nokia claims they have over 150 playlists ready for streaming alongside millions of tracks.
Also available as part of the Nokia Music service is a "Gig Finder" which uses your current location to tell you where some nearby live concerts and performances are occurring. Nokia also takes the time in the announcement to stress that their Music service is completely free, without ads and not requiring registration.
Jyrki Rosenberg, VP of Entertainment at Nokia, had this to say about the launch:
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. I would like to challenge everyone to try Nokia Music and see just how easy and enjoyable the service is to use
As well as the announcement that Nokia Music is now available in the Marketplace for the US, they announced that they have collaborated with Green Day and AT&T surrounding the band's new album Uno. Green Day will apparently be performing an exclusive concert for Nokia Music users, as well as having some special playlists available through the service.
It's obvious from this announcement that Nokia is gearing up to go all out at tomorrow's Lumia Windows Phone 8 announcement in New York. Traditionally Nokia has been stronger in Europe than North America, so it's great to see they are still giving love to those who live in the States.