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Hands on: Nokia Music app for Windows 8 hits the right notes

Ian Paul | April 8, 2013
In the absence of an official Pandora app in the Windows Store, Nokia Music shows up with a simple, yet strong Windows 8 app.

Nokia Music in practice

During my tests with the app I noticed that Music+ streams used radio edits for songs with coarse language, that is they edit out the swear words. When I was playing a mix featuring Pink's song Blow Me (One Last Kiss), a four-letter word that starts with 's' and ends with 't' was edited out. This is par for the course on broadcast radio, of course, but it's not something I've experienced before using Xbox Music or Spotify.

If you want to play your own music inside Nokia Music you can do that too, just like in the Windows 8 Music app from Microsoft. One problem I hit, however, is that Nokia Music did not display cover art for any of my personal music, a problem I've never experienced with the built-in Music app.

Nokia Music also works nicely with Snap, Windows 8's screen-sharing feature for viewing two apps at once. In snap mode, Nokia Music shows album art, player controls, and a download link for purchasing the track currently playing.

Nokia Music+ is a relatively new subscription service, with limited device availability and no way to stream tunes on-demand. If you're dying for a Pandora alternative in the Pandora-less Windows Store, Nokia Music is worth a look. If you don't mind straying from basic Pandora-style listening, though, we recommend checking out Slacker Radio and Xbox Music--both of which offer free radio listening, or the ability to stream songs on-demand for a monthly fee.

 

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