Spotify today announced that it has acquired one of the largest music data company The Echo Nest. The Echo Nest provides music data solutions such as recommendation, playlisting, etc, to various companies including Nokia MixRadio and Microsoft’s Xbox Music.
Last year, Nokia and The Echo Nest announced a deal that enabled Echo Nest’s Music Discovery and Personalization solution in the Nokia MixRadio app, to be pre-installed on all Nokia Windows Phones. MixRadio’s primary feature Play Me, powered by The Echo Nest, and it provides one-tap access to a personalized streaming radio station based on each user’s artist radio stations, the songs they play, skip, or favorite, and everything else they do with music on their phones.
Not only that, but it can also scan the user’s desktop and mobile music collections for any music stored there too. All of this data funnels into their Echo Nest-powered Taste Profile, a unique understanding of each user’s taste(s) in music. We combine that detailed (anonymous) behavioral analysis with our understanding of the entire world of music, including the relationships between over 35 million songs by over 2.5 million artists in over 700 genres — all part of the largest database about music in the world.
Even though The Echo Nest will honor all its contractual agreements, the future of MixRadio and Xbox Music’s Radio feature remains a big question. Hopefully, Nokia and Microsoft can find a better partner soon.
After leaving DubStep Pad for Windows Phone, it fell into the top free apps in many countries. For 20 days the number of users are exceeding 250,000 people.
The first version had a little functionality. The new version 1.5 added new features.
DubStep Pad 1.5 features include
- Live Tiles
- Some new packs with samples
- Ability to change the samples (volume, pitch)
- Record track
- Fixed bugs
In the settings you can now also download the starter pack if you suddenly changed the samples and immediately want to return as it was.
Download from the Marketplace here or use the QR Code.
An update just released for SoundClone. If you are unaware of what it is for, It’s an app for the famous soundcloud service. Find and download your favorite musics and podcasts, follow some songwriters and news channels, all for free without any charge.
In this update, you can manage your downloads in a more advanced way.It will start downloading as soon as possible and you don’t need to stay on the app. sound cloud service recently introduced a new category page with more items, now you can have it in the app too! You can find the latest musics or hottest ones in 53 different categories. there are much more new features, give it a try.
Your idea about the app is appreciated. Please contact me for feature requests and bug reports. You can follow me on twitter @algihuni
If you like to create your own music, the application DubStep Pad for you. This application is very simple to use. If you want to record your music, then press the Record button, and once finished, click Play.
During playback of your track, you can still play a little. And if you take two phones, you can play in the company of friends.
DubStep Pad features include
- Live Tiles
- 12 different sounds
- Record track
In the settings you can enable or disable looping sounds, as well as provide for the inclusion of the lock screen.
Download from the Marketplace here or use the QR Code.
Beats Music app was launched today on iOS, Android platforms as announced earlier and their official app for Windows Phone devices is coming on Friday(Jan 24th). Beasts Music executive confirmed this via a Twitter reply. Similar to Xbox Music, Spotify and others, Beats Music is streaming service but it with more human touch. It is trying to combine the best music experts and technology to always deliver you the right music at the right time. You will have access to over 20 million songs, from every genre and you can either listen instantly or save to your device to listen to offline.
When you’re not sure what to play, lean on us. Here are just a few features that’ll make it easy for you:
JUST FOR YOU Your first stop for music that’s right for you. A mix of albums and playlists that have been handpicked by our music experts are always ready and waiting for you.
THE SENTENCE Make your mix. Change the sentence up to match how you’re feeling or what you’re doing and who you’re with.
HIGHLIGHTS Discover what’s happening in the world of music. Quick access to what’s worth checking out, even if it’s not on your radar.
FIND IT When you’re not quite sure what to listen to, reach for the perfect playlist here. Choose a genre, activity, or curator and we’ll do the rest.
SHARE Get a following by sharing your favorite tracks, albums and playlists with your friends on Beats Music, Facebook and Twitter.
There’s tons more waiting for you. Just open the app and hit play.
Beats Music is a subscription service for $9.99 a month with a free trial for 7 days. There is also a free trial up to 3 months for AT&T users. Make sure to check out the app when it releases later this week. While discussing about Beats Music, we should not forgot Nokia MixRadio which is also focusing on bringing best music experience to users. It has mixes put together by their team of global music experts – as well as by some of the world’s most popular stars like Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Above & Beyond. If Nokia Music goes into Microsoft as part of the acquisition, Xbox Music might have a huge advantage. What do you think?
The official “NOW that’s what I call music” app by the company of the same name is now in the Windows Phone Store.
The long-running compilation service, which dates back to 1983, lets users stay up to date with the latest pop and chart music and also browse the archives all the way to the start.
The app includes the full track list of every album ever released, plus previews of the track, and lets you share and buy any track directly from Xbox Music.
You can also check out the latest NOW Charts, including the weekly NOW Top 20 and can also tune into NOW Music TV on the go straight from the app!
The app features:
- Discover the Full NOW Archive
- Tune into NOW Music TV
- Stay up-to-date with pop and chart music
- Download the latest NOW albums and tracks from Xbox Music
- Search through the artist archive
- Weekly NOW charts
Download the app for free from the Windows Phone Store here.
Looking to get into the Christmas spirit? Want to know how many days left until Santa arrives? Look no further! Entertain your children and yourselves with short Christmas stories and Christmas music, Christmas poems, and even Christmas recipes to create some delicious treats for your friends and family! There’s even a virtual mistletoe! On Christmas day, Santa arrives to deliver gifts so make sure you open it up on Christmas!
- Christmas countdown
- Christmas stories
- Christmas poems
- Christmas music videos
- Christmas recipes
- Virtual mistletoe
The app is free and with minimal ads; you can download it here directly from the Windows Phone Marketplace!
SoundCloud is a well-known audio sharing platform which enables you to share your audios and follow your favorite artists.
SoundClone is a fresh new client for SoundCloud. You can search for musics, follow artists, like your favorite tracks, and of course, listen to musics. It has a simple, well-designed UX which makes hearing the world’s sounds a fun.
It’s still in beta stage, but more features are coming!
It’s absolutely free without any ads! Get it in the Windows Phone store here.
Tunely is the most recent app from the developer of the popular app I’m Here, an editor’s pick on wpcentral.com and Nokia top 5 pick of the week.
Tunely is a Nokia Music based game where the player select the genre and game level this is presented 30 second clips of five songs and the score is determined on how fast the correct selection is made.
- Fan – Choose the correct Artist/Band
- Roadie – Choose the correct Song Name
- Tour Manager – Random from the above options
Other features are options to share your score, individual tracks, jump to Nokia Mix or Xbox Music through direct integration if you’d like to download the music you’ve heard directly from those services to your phone.
This is a fun game to play if you enjoy music. It is a free ad supported app with an option to remove the ads for $.99 .
The future of Nokia Music was in doubt when Microsoft announced their acquisition of Nokia Devices and Services division. Nokia VP once commented that the following on future of Nokia Music,
“All I would say is that if you look at what they’ve done(Microsoft with Xbox Music) and what we’ve done carefully, there are some very complementary activities going on, and very little overlap,”
Chinese site CTech today reported that Nokia is planning to release HTML5 versions of their Music app for iOS and Android platforms. They even posted some screenshots of the upcoming Nokia Music HTML5 app in action. Find it after the break. Just like how Nokia has decided to keep HERE Maps platform with themselves, there is a possibility that Nokia will try to retain Nokia Music service after the acquisition. I think Microsoft would agree with this deal since they are already moving forward with Xbox Music app with native apps on different platforms.
What do you think?
Nokia is expanding the availability of Nokia Music service into new countries in the South East Asia. It is now available in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, following a recent rollout in Indonesia. Nokia Entertainments VP Jyrki Rosenburg spoke to Musically on this launch and provided the following statement,
First, the new countries: “These are important new countries for us, and with Indonesia it’s quite a significant expansion in the south-east Asia Pacific region for us,” he said.
“We definitely feel that we have a strong time-to-market advantage here: an out-of-the-box click-to-play music service that’s free with no ads or registration. That’s something nobody else is offering in those markets at this time, so we think we’ll see a positive response.”
When he was questioned about the future of Nokia Music service after Microsoft’s acquisition since Microsoft has got its own music service called Xbox Music, he answered the following.
“All I would say is that if you look at what they’ve done and what we’ve done carefully, there are some very complementary activities going on, and very little overlap,”
I hope Nokia Music service stays even after Nokia becomes the part of Microsoft.
Playing Sync is an audio synchronization utility, which synchronizes Windows Media Player playlists to a Windows Phone 8 device using wireless network.
Application requires desktop component software to be installed first, which is transparent to the user, works in a background and does not require any additional configuration
as well as mobile app, which automatically configures connection with remote machine during first run.
- Configuration boils down to installing all required components
- Synchronization over WiFi
- Search for specific playlists or songs in collection
- Synchronization of whole playlist or selected songs
- Minimum supported PC OS version: Windows 7
- Minimum supported Mobile OS version: Windows Phone 8
- PC and mobile device must be connected to the same wireless network
- Install PC component
- Install mobile application:
Price and trial limitations:
Price is as little as 0.99$.
In trial mode synchronization is limited to one song at a time, using context menu for this task.
Nokia today posted a message on its online music store that Nokia Music site is no longer available. Nokia Music content will remain accessible on Nokia phones via respective apps. This was a expected move from Nokia since they were running the website and desktop client in maintenance mode as per global Nokia Care policy. They had shut down desktop downloads in December 2011 and moved to mobile only subscription plans since then.
Nokia was offering unlimited music downloads from Nokia Music Store through an active Nokia Music Unlimited subscription which was offered for free for limited period on most Nokia devices in India. This subscription was offering customers to download DRM free music via web, desktop and mobile devices. After today, you can access it only via Nokia mobile device.
How can I see if I have an active subscription?
Go to Nokia Music on your phone and then look in settings.
Can I transfer music from my phone to my PC?
You can use any compatible software to transfer music you have download on your phone to your PC,example Windows Media Player, Zune or Nokia PC suite.
I no longer have a Nokia phone.
Your Nokia Music Unlimited subscription can only be used on a Nokia phone.
Can I use Nokia Music Player?
If you have Nokia Music Player you can use it to listen to music on your PC.
Due to the changes Nokia implements to its services, Nokia Music Unlimited is no longer accessible through this website.
Source: Nokia via: Medianama