Last night Nokia celebrated the launch of their new music store app for the U.S.A. You probably think that we’ve already got enough music stores around, but Nokia Music on Lumia Windows Phones has something special that you’re sure to like. It actually supports offline music downloads for free with no subscription fee, no user account to log into, and no advertisements. What’s the catch? First of all, it’s only available on Nokia Windows Phones. Secondly, you can only download “mixes” that can be found either by genre or you can manually generate them by artist name. You can’t download specific albums or songs without paying for them. Lastly, while you’re listening to these mixes, you can’t go back to a previous song. Essentially, you can only listen to the songs ones. Your only options are to pause or skip ahead to the next song. You can still browse the offline songs that you’ve downloaded, but when you tap them in the listing, the Nokia Music app will bring you to the store section to buy it.
Since I do have a Zune/Xbox Music Pass, I was kind of disappointed that there was no integration with the Windows Phone Music Store, however this is understandable since they obviously would prefer you buy new music from the Nokia Music Store. Still, I was able to use the Bing Music Search feature while a Nokia mix was playing in order to easily link to the Zune marketplace to download the song through my Zune pass.
There are a few other cool features in Nokia Music though. The “Gigs” tab shows upcoming concerts in your area and you can pin mixes to your start screen for easy access. You can also “refresh” offline mixes in order to download new music.
While it certainly has some limitations, you really can’t argue with free offline music downloads with no advertisements, no subscription, and no login. If you’ve got a Nokia branded Windows Phone and visit this page from the phone, you can download Nokia Music here.