Nokia Music has only been available on Windows Phone smartphones since the company launched the service back in September. Today Nokia is testing the tablet waters by releasing the app for Windows RT tablets, including Microsoft Surface with Windows RT and Windows 8 devices.
The app is now available in the Windows Store for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices. This app will most likely be bundled with the rumored tablets Nokia is believed to be hard at work on. The first tablet is expected to feature a 10.1-inch screen and run the same Windows RT OS as Microsoft's Surface. The company is expected to release Windows 8 tablets at a later time.
Nokia Music will cost users $3.99 per month and will give you full access to all of Nokia Music's services. Nokia is offering a free trial, but users will not be able to use all of Nokia Music's features like unlimited skips and a higher-quality audio stream.
Nokia posted the following information to its blog listing the main features of Nokia Music:
- 7 Day trial of NM+, with an in-app upgrade path (30sec clip mixes outside of the trial period)
- 100s of curated mixes from Nokia experts and international artists
- Listen to all the MP3's in your "My Music" library via the app
- Mix recommendations based on the music playing, for both mixes and your own collection
- Artist Mix - see up to three artists and the app will create a playlist based on your choices
- Offline mix - save as many mixes as you can carry for offline playback
- Search for mixes containing your favorite artist
- Artist pages complete with high quality artist images, biographies, tweets, gig info (including Here mapping), related artists and more
- Snap View - minimize Nokia Music on your home screen but still access music controls
- Play To - Stream music to DLNA devices on your wireless network
It appears that Nokia and Microsoft's relationship is beginning to get more serious, as the company is now creating Windows software for more than just Windows Phone. Nokia's software adds value to Windows Phone and it's now doing the same for Windows RT and Windows 8. Is this Nokia's way of testing out the waters before it launches its own tablet? Let us know in the comments.