Nokia isn’t quite done with their Music service app just yet as today, version 18.104.22.168 has gone live in the Store. Exclusively for Nokia’s Lumia line, the new update brings along with it a handful of major improvements to make us take another look at the service.
The first major change is Nokia Music now supports the ability to ‘like’ specific artists in your library to “further personalize your music experience”. Nokia Music will also 'like' artists based on your playing history and the contents of your music library, which truly is the killer feature many of us have been waiting for. After all, what’s the use of just streaming music with no feedback system? Sure it’s nice, it’s just not compelling.
Once you ‘liked’ an artist though, the app can now give you notifications based off of that information. Things like new music and even gig alerts for when the band is playing near you are delivered right to your Lumia. The notifications work off of the Live Tile, so you shouldn’t be inundated with Toast notifications (and of course, the whole system is optional).
Overall, Nokia Music has always been an impressive offering but with this update, we’re thinking this will finally push the service into the Pandora-level of usefulness. Combined with their fantastic Windows 8 app for the same service, Nokia could very well start to erode business from Xbox Music and streaming radio services.
Nokia Music is a free service that also has an optional “Plus” version for $3.99 a month that offers high quality streams and unlimited mix downloads.