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Nokia to offer paid upgrade to Lumia-only music service
(29-01-2013)
 
Nokia to offer paid upgrade to Lumia-only music service
 

Nokia to offer paid upgrade to Lumia-only music service

Nokia plans to roll out its Nokia Music+ in the first quarter of this year, a new subscription-based upgrade to its free-to-stream mobile music service.

Music+ service will offer Lumia users unlimited download and skip, as well as higher quality streams, allowing download at eight times the existing quality. The new service will also offer lyrics for users, mobile devices and a Web app for home use. 

The free service has allowed users to download up to four Mixes, each of which contains hours of music, and play them without an Internet connection. Mixes are created by Nokia specialists who curate the genres or music types. Under the upgrade service, users can have lyrics streaming for many tracks. They can also listen to Nokia Music through a Web app on Internet-enabled devices including a PC or tablet.

"Nokia Music is great for discovering new music, and we've found that there's a core of users that want even more of it," Nokia said. "This is how Nokia Music+ came about." Nokia swung to a net profit in the fourth quarter of last year, partly on increased sales of its Lumia smartphones. As per the reports, Nokia's portfolio improved with new models like Lumia 920, but the company still lacks a "true hero model" that can compete effectively with Apple's iPhone or Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S III.