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MixRadio's final update bids you farewell and thanks for the music

Following the recent, shock news that Line is to close down MixRadio for good, there is one final update waiting in the Store for its many Windows Phone fans around the world. Sadly, all it does is remind you of what's about to happen and bid you farewell.

It's been handled a little differently to how its gone down on iOS and Android it seems, with users on those platforms getting an update that locks them out of everything in the app aside from The Last Playlist, generated to say goodbye.

On Windows Phone it looks like mixes still work, though Play Me seems to have stopped for us. There's a link in the app to an FAQ section on what happens now. In short, when it's over, it's over. Offline mixes it seems will still work for 30 days from their last refresh, so if you've got stuff saved you can enjoy it for a little while longer.

It's still sad news, especially for the people behind the service, some of whom we've grown to know quite well over the years. Our best wishes remain with them in their future endeavors.

But for now, it's farewell. And thanks for the music.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

146 Comments
  • Sad to see it go. Listening now one last time.
  • yeah me too ive been listening to it everyday now... and play me still works for me
  • MixRadio should have been integrated with groove.
  • The cemetery is waiting.
    https://mixrad.io/farewell
  • It's so sad. No other service learned me as well as MixRadio did. Pandora's like "Oh, you like Hopsin, Gambino, and Dizzy Wright? You must also love Soulja Boy and Chief Keef!"... whereas MixRadio actually helped me discover many other talented underground hip-hop artists instead of lumping them in with the weak-ass trap/hype/pop rappers. MixRadio has been a staple experience for my entire time with Windows Phone... I use it every day on every commute between work, home and the university I attend... and I've used it since the good 'ol days of the Lumia 520. For me, this will actually be a significant part of Windows Phone that I'll be lost without. This sucks... I know others have said that the spirit of what made Windows Phone is slowly disappearing, but I never felt it until it hit home with something I use all the time.... and it kinda makes me want to pop my SIM card out of my Lumia 950 and start using my iPhone as my daily phone.
  • Been using it since N8 days!! Just feels like the final nail on Nokia's legacy!
  • Nokia Music, so many hours listening.. then spotify happened. Farewell!
  • It's sad to see it go. I loved using it. It will be remembered as one of the best music services out there. I will miss it dearly.
  • Me too
  • Seconded... it's been one of my favorite apps for years.  Where to now?  Pandora, Slacker, Deezer, Spotify...?  I'd like to find another that's ad-free (even with a sub) and has offline mixes. Would be great to see WC do a streaming music app shoot-out and comparison of the remaining W10M choices...
  • But after Windows 10 Mobille I don't have MixRadio :(
  • After the next few days none of us do.
  • i got it even having W10M
  • I never actually used MixRadio From my Lightsaber
  • *cries* how will I discover new bands now? what will happen to my cool live tile with four last listened albums? ;-; *hibernates* Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • *cries hard*
  • Try soundcloud :D
  • Shame it isn't anything like MixRadio... :( I still have Spotify but it only shows a album cover on the live tile only when I'm listening to something... And Groove Music is not that good in my opinion, not mentioning it lacks a live tile... :l Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Unfortunately Soundcloud lacks offline feature. The alternatives I could find cheap (one time only costs or 4/5 euros a month) are unfortunately not so much in my country (the Netherlands) overall I did find all these alternatives although not available everywhere. Deezer is nice but costs 9.99 euro a month. 
  • damn this is the hard part. knowinits gong and to have it till then.. :( been a fan of mix radio since the day I got my first windows Lumia 520,and I did monthly subscription to listen and download music. I felt that it was really a windows alternative to iTunes. and was really disappointed when the removed the subscription feature. anyway really sad to see this end. ~DheeraJ~
  • Will at least it's bring removed from all platforms and isn't just isolated to windows like many other apps have been.
  • I never knew it was available for the platforms
  • Where have you been all this while my friend ? Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • First Zune then Music+Videos, now MixRadio. I really expect a lot from Groove Music! At current stage it's not enough..
  • Yes totally. Its still missing many regions.
  • I have struggled with the xbox music app and groove, they fell short of my expectations for the last couple of years. With the latest insider preview on my Lumia 925 the Groove app seems much improved. Collection better organized, UI more intiuitive, plays content from the cloud over WI FI. It still has a way to go but much improved. Now the xbox one music app needs attention.! Farewell MIX,  served me well...
  • I agree the Groove app on WP OS actually way better than the Android version. At least one example of WP app being better Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • RIP
  • But why do they has to do this?
  • Unfortunately simple business. The do not make enough to support the service.
  • hmm. the removal of subscription service was a main mistake. there were lots of peple subscribing to the service... :(
  • They removed the music store too.
  • Once there was Nokia who owned wp..those days were called golden era of windows phone...then MS bought Nokia shares of WP and its production units...now Everything is crashing and shutting down... All useful apps are being closed...if windows mobile dies... MS will be major cause for itt..
    Edit: Ok maybe Windows mobile not die.. But MS has taken all features like fb messenger and people hub support...and pivot apps...which made wp unique.. And especially the animations...
  • For ther 1000th time: Microsoft did NOT buy Nokia.
  • Ok...srry for it...they bought the wp shares and production units...
  • You know what he meant.....
  • no, they only bought what mattered of nokia, the mobile division
  • He has to whine to make sure everyone knows his precious Nokia wasn't bought out lol Sent using Windows Central for Windows 10 on my Lumia 1520
  • Well nokia is still precious.... It gave us the universe's strongest phone
  • they didnt buy Nokia
  • I have edited my comment and there is no Nokia buying written...
  • Pivot apps? You can still make a Pivot based up in UWP, you do know that? There is still the Pivot control in UWP avaiable.
  • Yups i know that...but that looks like androidish....the real pivot was wp8 pivot...it looked awesome..
  • How do you mean 'Androidish'? You can customize the Pivot control, incorperate it into another control, modify the transition animations... basically make it look exact like in WP XAML and Silverlight. There is no science in this. Just pure XAML logic.
  • Well in wp8 there were big headers ...which looked like windowsish...and in UWP there are small headers which are androidish.. And mainly you notice the buttons below app ..when app pages is switched they would go down and new buttons would come and strike at uppper end..then were normal.. It literally was awesome...UWP dont have such animations..
  • Like I said, you can customize the Pivot control style and template and make it look like you said, And you can still make the CommandBar disappear and reappear while switching pages. Either in C# or XAML. You can customize whatever you want the controls in XAML with styles and control templates. I do it all the time.
  • Yups... Maybe as i have not developed my app since 2-3 months..so i have forgotten...but developers today prefer new GUI which is pathetic...there are some developers like you which know how to change...but others dont..
  • And you know wp has its own identity for these following things..whether someone notices or not...its these small animations and things which strike their conscious...
  • Nokia never owned Windows Phone
  • Why?
  • It was nice knowing ya.
  • If you don't update the app does it remain functional?
  • No. When the service is dead, the app is dead.
  • This is why I uninstalled it from all of my devices after I heard it was shutting down.
  • Probably the  best, largest collection, most beautiful, most advanced, most pleasurable music service ever created.
    But sadly...good bye and thanks to Mixradio and its developers.
  • Yeah. It's so so sad
  • Goodbye, MixRadio
  • the omission of subscription let this happen today
  • Even Spotify with 100+ million active user and 10+ million paying subscriber still struggle to get profit. I doubt with subscription make any different for MixRadio. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Some people burn their ass off to be a part of a successful start-up. And some people just shut down a widely popular music streaming site because Microsoft thinks so. Microsoft should have integrated Mix Radio in Xbox music.
  • totally agreed
  • LINE shut down MixRadio, not Microsoft. And neither did Microsoft say to Line to shut it down. It was the decision of LINE. Yes, Microsoft sold MixRadio to LINE, but no one knew that LINE was going to shut it down.
  • And who sold MixRadio to Line? God, I love replying through notification centre. Win 10 rocks
  • Exactly.. That's the main reason I'm replying to most of the posts...
  • Unfortunately, Android N has copied many features of Windows 10 including this one. While it's true that this feature was first introduced by Apple, but Google didn't think that it's useful until Windows introduced it in Windows 10.
  • Which feature?
  • Microsoft sold MixRadio to LINE, as I said. But also as I said, no one knew that LINE was going to shut it down. No one knew that, and you just can't go on around blaming MS for this, because they sold MixRadio to LINE.
  • Yes, Microsoft sold MixRadio to Line. And as a matter of fact, MixRadio's subscription was available in India unlike Xbox music. So we have all the more reasons to complain.
  • I also miss the Nokia Trailers app. It offered tremendous integration with Windows smartphone. I think that the strategy that Microsoft has been following since their inception in 1980's has been to only make necessary apps for Windows platform and leave the rest for the 3rd party developers. That will make Windows platform more open and popular. But shutting down an already popular app is WRONG. I REALLY LIKED THE EXCLUSIVE TREATEMENT GIVEN BY NOKIA TO THE OWNERS OF LUMIA - FROM EXCLUSIVE APPS, HERE MAPS TO NOKIA CARE SERVICE CENTRES. All that is gone now, at least until some new OEM jumps in. Still it's a tough task to replace Nokia because they were the best in what they did!
  • + NOKIA Lumia 1520
  • Very sad. This is the app I will miss most as it was used daily since I came to windows phone. I've tried Spotify and Deezer and they just don't compare to the ease of UI that was MixRadio.
  • Deezer's new universal app is really good, though. And it gets bonus points for not being a Silverlight app.
  • Is it available in India?
  • https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/74/Availability_of_Deez... See for yourself.
  • I listen to MixRadio day in, day out and have been doing so since i got my 920.
  • One of the best music service ever
  • One of the first apps I uninstalled.
  • U should have tried it. It's awesome
  • You missed alotttt
  • right..!!! really missed
  • Guys ... Which app available in Store is the most similar to Mix Radio ?  I use Mix Radio everyday going to work, and during my workout ... Is there an app with no need of subscription that allow to save 3 or 4 offline playlists, sharing content on social medias and doesn't annoy you with ads all the time ?  Thanks for advices.
  • Try 'saavn' it's a wonderful app with lots of collections, but it's online only. And it has similar features like radio..
  • I use this service few hours every day, the ability to select artists and compose and create offline playlists is something that probably doesn't exists in other apps.... I looked into other music apps out there, but they always need constant data, have a lot of annoying commercials or expansive subscription fee (10CAD a month...)... If anyone know of a proper replacement, please let us know!  
  • Spotify Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Nokia :(
  • Today, we are all here for the sad moment that MixRadio is no more here. It was a great satisfaction and proud for all of us that it stayed with us from the birth till the end of the service. A great thanks to Nokia, Microsoft and Line for it. And now I want all of you to listen the last Mix from MixRadio at here https://mixrad.io/mixes/104358833. And at last I request all of you to stand up, close our eyes and remain silent for 1 minute. " Farewell to MixRadio " RIP
  • https://mixrad.io/farewell
  • I had the privilege to own the 920 and 1520. Listening to Nokia Mixradio on long drives and jogging was a real pleasure. It was my favourite app on Windows Phone.
    Don't be sad it's gone, be happy for what we enjoyed. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Switch to Saavn !!,
  • Anyone knows why?
  • So sad to see it go. MixRadio has been my primary music app ever since it started. I hope the talented team from the app have every success finding new employment and I thank them for providing me with great mixes over the years and also introducing me to some amazing music I would otherwise never of heard.
    If anyone is looking for an alternative app, you could try the UWP Deezer Preview on Windows10. Although it's not the same, it is pretty good so far.
  • Looks like they faced the music
  • Well, saavn's a pretty nice alternative. I only got to try out MixRadio for a month. Well goodbye.
  • Great alternative but unfortunately not available with English artists within the Netherlands.  The alternatives I could find cheap (one time only costs or 4/5 euros a month) are unfortunately not so much in my country (the Netherlands) overall I did find all these alternatives although not available everywhere. Deezer is nice but costs 9.99 euro a month. 
  • That's sad. The best part is they forgot to bring all the features to windows, namely ads :P
  • It never fails, a great app or service becomes available, everyone loves it, the company that owns it decides to sell it, the buyer then shuts it down because they didn't want it in the first place.  Stupidity rules the world.  
  • Damn, interop unlock miss this mix
  • Can we use it is an offline player with music stored on sd card after the update ?
  • Sadly between MS & line they removed any way to use it offline
  • Damn...where am I gonna get my international (Arabic) music mixes from now..?! :(
  • The alternatives I could find cheap (one time only costs or 4/5 euros a month) are unfortunately not so much in my country (the Netherlands) overall I did find all these alternatives although not available everywhere.  
  • Where are you switching to ? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Saavn for the time being. Let the Groove improve mean while. Using Windows Central Beta for Windows 10 on Lumia 520
  • Good old mp3s. 
  • It's been around for the last 17 years??!!
  • Yep think Symbian(only in US) for the 1st while
  • does any encountered the purple tint issue in lumia 930 while using w10
  • That smiley face is not so smiley anymore!! •_•
  • It was not only the music streaming and mixes that made MixRadio so good. It was the fact that it had such a beautiful user friendly layout and was much more than just a music player. It provided so much information about the bands including concert schedules. It was an all encompassing music app. It is too bad that they could not keep it going.
  • Sad to hear this.. :\
  • https://mixrad.io/mixes/104358833 This is the final farewell music mix they just sent. I'll miss mixradio, it's been part of my daily routine for almost 4 years.
  • Every good thing comes to an end, good bye Mixradio
  • Mix Radio Formerly viz. Nokia Music Was The Best Of The Lot Services Provided To Music Lovers With Genuine Soundtracks. Will Always Cheris Those Moments Since The Inception Of Nokia Music With Symbian 60 Series Handsets To Lately WP 7.0 To Latest WP 10 Mix Radio Was A Routine Music Partner. So, Sad To Miss Those Qualities Of Sound.
  • May be something new is coming?
  • So sad......farewell mixradio
  • I would be nice if the app sticks around as an alternative to Groove for playing music stored on the device. Oh well
  • Mix Radio was superb.. Now Waiting for apple music app for windows phone..
  • spotify should improve their app, with microsoft porting a lot from Apple, this app showing on microsoft store is real. 
  • U mean iTunes?
  • R.I.P MixRadio u will always remain alive in our hearts
  • Is there any way to get the comments updated without going out and coming back to the article again?
  • I am trying to understand why Line would but it just to shut it dowm.
  • Still a crying shame... MixRadio was the only free service that allowed me to save free music music offline, and for that reason I used the offline feature loads when out and about. Spotify Free can't do that, unfortunately. Sad to see it finally go.  
  • The alternatives I could find cheap (one time only costs or 4/5 euros a month) are unfortunately not so much in my country (the Netherlands) overall I did find all these alternatives although not available everywhere and not all offer offline/cache feature. I'm not sure if there is a Windows app for all the mentioned services. I do know there are this Amazing Music app and this Music+ app (is using Soundcloud) in the Windows store that have offline feature that don't cost anything. 
  • Why!! Just why you had to shut down! :'(
  • Goodbye Mix radio I've loved your app and unique service for four years, simply brilliant filling my days with excellent music.
  • :)
  • Goodbye :-( I used this for offline mixes all the time, and have never found another app as good as this. I suppose it cant last forever. As I've never purchased anything through it. Such a shame. . Where next for a free app with offline mixes?
  • The alternatives I could find cheap (one time only costs or 4/5 euros a month) are unfortunately not so much in my country (the Netherlands) overall I did find all these alternatives although not available everywhere. I'm not sure if there is a Windows app for all the mentioned services. I do know there are this Amazing Music app and this Music+ app (is using Soundcloud) in the Windows store that have offline feature that don't cost anything. 
  • How many exclusive apps do we have now?
  • One of the reasons to get and support Lumia was MixRadio. Cannot believe there's no value left in such a thoughtfully run music service. As usual, the goodness Nokia created was effectively destroyed by Microsoft. MixRadio was just one of many casualties. 
  • Yes exactly! In the earlier days of Lumia, mix radio was a main reason to keep using it.. Now windows has grown very much and abandoning MixRadio
  • I have been using Mix Radio since the days of my nokia c203. It is one of the best things to ever happen. when I bought my lumia 800 it came with a free pass for an year, i used to download music like crazy. I still have a music collection of 1364 songs which takes up just 1.28 gb the only thing that saved me from memory crisis. Also Mix Radio was the only music service (apart from i tunes) that worked and had best and latest songs at that time in India. When they abandoned subscription I started to experience the real struggle to get music. I discovered so many new artists and music genres through it. I know saavan and gaana are there but nothing can ever fill the void of MIX RADIO. RIP MIX RADIO WE ALWAYS LOVE YOU.    
  • Agree
  • So sad. Another excellent app vanishes.
  • Gone!
  • Really like this app. Don't want to let it go...
  • sad to see it go. It was one of the app that made me stick to windows phone. i use it everyday.
  • Same as me :_(
  • Totally. Back in the day when windows 8 was just beginning, this app made me a fan if windows a bit more
  • First Aupeo died and then mix radio. Aupeo's algorithm was much much better than mix radio. They stopped working on windows version and then the ipad version as well died. It still appears in all stores but sadly gone and then mix radio too
  • Aupeo Radio is still available in the iOS app store and it still works (I'm using the free version with many audio ads) on my iPhone/iPad but it lacks unfortunately an offline feature in the paid feature otherwise I would pay the 5/6 euros a month for it. The website also still works. Why are you saying that it no longer works on the iPad?  The alternatives I could find cheap (one time only costs or 4/5 euros a month) are unfortunately not so much in my country (the Netherlands) overall I did find all these alternatives although not available everywhere. I'm not sure if there is a Windows app for all the mentioned services. I do know there are this Amazing Music app and this Music+ app (is using Soundcloud) in the Windows store that have offline feature that don't cost anything. 
  • Sad.  MixRadio was on my HTC Trophy & 8x, as well as my Lumias 520, 635, 640, 928 and 929.  I enjoyed the personality it shared with me.It feels like the last remnants of Nokia are excised from the Windows Mobile platform...
  • Good bye Mixradio, it is a hard time to lost you. Been using it since Lumia 900, 920, &, samsung A5. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Farewell Mix~
  • This really blows. I just left positive feedback for Mix Radio two weeks ago!! Groove should offer it, not some one popular dj.