There’s a little smilie icon on my Nokia Lumia 1020. It took me over a month after getting my phone to discover what it was: I was sitting in the car, in a traffic jam into London just before Christmas. My car stereo is broken and I was bored. I search music on my phone and it came up with the XBox Music app and Nokia Mix Radio.
The smilie icon of the Nokia Mix Radio drew me in, I was hooked and have been boring friends with my discovery ever since.
On that arduous trip, searching through the mixes in there was a Christmas mix. Those couple of hours in the car suddenly flew by as I sang to the uninterrupted music streaming to my phone.
I like music, but I’m a consumer more than a fan. I’m not very picky on artists, but I get annoyed and a headache from songs and tunes I don’t like. I’ve never considered joining any of the growingly popular streaming sites like Spotify or Deezer. At home I’d listen to my mix of songs I’d ripped from our CDs onto my iPod, to BBC Radio 2 or Classic FM mostly.
Nokia Radio Mix has been a revelation to me: It gives curated blends of songs; there are featured lists mixes, categories and genres.
My favourite is Moods, where I can choose Happy songs, sad songs, sing-alongs, housework pop and so on, just to name a couple of my favourites.
A few weeks ago we had a big party. I connected my phone to our surround sound system and chose the “most played charts” mix. My friends were impressed that I had the latest hits at my fingertips. I was tempted not to tell them that I’m nowhere as hip, just have a great phone with the perfect music app on it.
Instead I simply declared my love for Nokia Mix Radio.
1, it is free (and ad free)
2, it takes the chore out of choosing songs out of the equation with the curated mixes, hence I like it.
The free version has some restrictions- the music is standard quality not high quality. (Not a problem for me. If I was playing it through a Bose system or the likes I’d probably consider an upgrade.)
You can only skip 4 songs in each mix each time you listen. If the particular mix has more than four songs that I want to skip on that occasion, I know I’ve chosen the wrong mix for me for the time.
You can even download four mixes to take offline. (You have unlimited download on the paid for version.)
When we went camping I realised how great the feature to download 4 mixes is: When you are not on an unmetered internet connection or don’t have wifi or even mobile signal, it’s great to have some music stashed away on the phone. I have a soothing bedtime classicals music mix, two kids music mixes and the housework pop saved. These are perfect for our camping routine.
So far, I’ve resisted the temptation to upgrade to the premium version of Nokia Mix Radio, even though it isn’t very expensive- under £5 a month. For now the free version fulfils my music listening needs.
According to Microsoft and other independent music industry experts, the music scene is changing and it is through apps like Nokia Mix Radio that non-music fiends, like me, are also joining a revolution. I find this clip fascinating:
Are you a music lover? How do you listen to music?
PS Nokia Mix Radio is also available on Android now, as well as across numerous Windows platforms.
Disclosure: I was NOT paid or asked to write this post. I did get my Nokia Lumia 1020 to review, however that was over 8 months ago.