Blinkbox Music is a music service by UK supermarket Tesco. The company's attempt to tap into the streaming market has led the team to launch mobile apps, including an official client for Windows Phone. While we're looking at the initial release, it's quite the experience on Microsoft's mobile platform. Tesco's catalogue of music contains over 12 million songs, making it an attractive option for those seeking an alternative to popular streaming services.
Tesco has also implemented a personal radio station, which will take into account tracks you "like" or "dislike" to create an experience better tailored to your tastes. The music service also uses theses negative track ratings to prevent said songs from being played again. As an added bonus, resident DJs also curate radio stations that cover a variety of genres and topics, whether it's the top 40 or some floor fillers.
It's free to download and free to use, so long as you can put up with advertising. There's an optional upgrade of just £1 per week, which will see your account refreshed with zero advertising, ability to create playlists (both offline and online), as well as 500 Tesco Clubcard Points as a small reward for subscribing. It's not a bad deal, and a welcomed boost if you're wanting to save some points for the next trip to the store.
Check out the official Blinkbox Music app and let us know your thoughts on this initial release.
- Download Blinkbox Music for Windows Phone (free); Region restricted (not in US)
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