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Nokia Corporation (NOK) Launches Free Music App for Lumia 900

Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) has been talking about its new Nokia Music application for its high-end Lumia smartphones, including the brand-new 820 and 920 handsets. Now, the Nokia Music application is available on the Lumia 900 4G handsets in the United States. The best part? The application is available for free.

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Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) has upgraded its Nokia Music applications to make it a streaming service where users can access as many as 150 different play lists of music across a spectrum of musical genres – with many of the playlists developed by U.S.-based “musicologists” who regularly manage their selections to keep them updated. The applications has been available in other markets, but Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) was expected to launch the service officially with a Green Day concert in New York City, from which the band would produce its own play list to be included on the Nokia Music app. Other artists and bands will be asked to add their own play lists to the library in the future. Also, the app allows users to create their own customized play list based on favorite artists and can play them in random order if desired. In an additional feature, Nokia Music allows users to download the playlist to be played offline.

Smartphones are becoming more than just phones, and Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) is clearly making strides to enhance its smartphones into mobile entertainment centers. How this will help sales of the new handsets will be something to be watched as Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) releases Windows Phone 8 to the marketplace in late October.