News by Andrew Kameka on Monday January 28, 2013.
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Nokia Music has been a useful way for Nokia Lumia device owners to discover and listen to music on their mobile devices, but the free service placed limits on the amount of songs listeners could skip or save to listen to while offline. A new paid version of Nokia Music will solve that problem.
Nokia has announced that it will soon launch Nokia Music+, a paid version of its streaming music app that will cost $3.99 per month in the U.S. and EU 3.99 in select European markets. Music+ will be an ad-free service that lets users skip as many songs as they like rather than being limited to 6 skips per hour. Subscribers will be able to listen to Nokia Mix Radio and add songs to playlists, mark them as favorites, or save playlists to download songs.
Subscribers will also see a few other enhancements in the paid version of Nokia Music. Availability will also be extended to the desktop through a web app, song lyrics will display on screen while synchronized with the music, and downloads will be available in audio quality that is as much as "eight times the existing quality." Users will have the option to set their phone to only download the higher quality version, which are larger files, when on Wi-Fi.
Nokia Music+ will launch in the "next few weeks," according to Nokia. Though pricing may vary slightly in some markets, it should cost $3.99 per month.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.