Nokia Music Launches in Canada

Nokia this week launched Nokia Music in Canada, its free music streaming service.

Nokia Music is a service exclusive to Nokia Lumia smartphones, providing consumers with a “simple and delightful way to discover and enjoy music,” the company says. According to Nokia, there is no sign-up, no ads and no subscription. The catalogue features 18 million songs.

A main feature of Nokia Music is Mix Radio. Using Mix Radio, consumers can stream free music from a suite of more than 150 exclusive playlists that are curated by staff—sort of like Songza, but with less variety.

“Technology has shaped the listening behaviour of many Canadians and transformed the music industry by giving music lovers more listening choices. However, with so many options and so much music out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed (and even discouraged) when it comes to discovering new music,” says Alan Cross, long time radio broadcaster and musicologist famous for The Ongoing History of New Music and The Secret History of Rock. “What Nokia Music offers is a seamless, easy-to-use way to listen to new and old music, all with a touch of a button.”

Music fans can create their own personal soundtrack and Nokia Music playlists can also be enjoyed offline. Other features include Nokia Music’s “Gig Finder,” which pinpoints live shows taking place nearby.

For a monthly subscription of $3.99, Nokia Music+ enables unlimited song skips on playlists and higher quality streaming over wifi, among other premium features.

“We believe that Nokia Music offers great value and will revolutionize the way Canadian music lovers can explore, discover and enjoy music,” says Jyrki Rosenberg, Vice President of Nokia Entertainment. “We are always striving to give Canadians the best service possible and we have worked extra hard to ensure Nokia Music meets the expectations of the demanding, active and inspired music fans in Canada.”

The Nokia Music app is available for download to all Canadian Lumia owners in the Windows Phone Store.