MixRadio

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MixRadio
MixRadio Logo.jpg
Developer(s) Line Corporation (2015-present)
Microsoft Mobile (2014-2015)
Nokia (2007-2014)
Stable release 3.2.2205 (Android), 1.2 (iOS), 4.5.3.470 (Windows Phone) / June 30, 2015; 4 days ago (2015-06-30), July 3, 2015; 1 day ago (2015-07-03), March 23, 2015; 3 months ago (2015-03-23)
Development status Active
Operating system Android
iOS
Windows Phone
Adidas miCoach Smart Run
Sonos
Harman Kardon
Website mixradiomusic.com

MixRadio, formerly Nokia MixRadio, Nokia Music, Nokia Music Store and OVI Music Store, is a global music streaming service. MixRadio allows free streaming of playlists (and offline downloading of mixes for local playback) without any subscriptions and is available in 31 countries, including the US, Brazil, India and China. It has a catalogue of over 36 million songs.[1] The music file format used by the store is MP3 without any DRM protection.

The service was originally developed by Nokia in 2007, and was part of the company's sale of its mobile device business to Microsoft in April 2014. Microsoft, already having Xbox Music, decided to spin-off the service, with LINE Corporation purchasing the service in December 2014.[2]

MixRadio was officially released to the Android and iOS app stores on May 19, 2015.[3] MixRadio quickly reached 100,000 downloads on the Android platform a week later, and hit the 500,000 download milestone on June 8, 2015.

As of June 13, 2015 MixRadio has amassed more than 1,000,000 (1 million) downloads for its Android app in the Google Play Store alone.[4]

The HTC BlinkFeed integration with MixRadio went live on June 9, 2015.[5]

MixRadio attended the New Music Seminar in New York City from June 21–23, 2015.[6]

MixRadio also attended the Firefly Music Festival held in Dover, Delaware from June 18–21, 2015 as a proud sponsor of the festival's Treehouse Sessions. These sessions included intimate performances from artists such as Awolnation and Betty Who.[7]

Availability[edit]

As of June 2015, MixRadio is available as a free app for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Adidas miCoach Smart Run and Harman Kardon Omni Speaker range.

MixRadio is available in 31 countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates , the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Vietnam.

History[edit]

2007-2011[edit]

The service was originally launched in 2007 when Nokia set up their Nokia Comes With Music service, in partnership with Universal Music Group International, Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, EMI, and hundreds of independent labels and music aggregators, to allow 12, 18, or 24 months of unlimited free-of-charge music downloads with the purchase of a Nokia Comes With Music edition phone. Files could be downloaded on mobile devices or personal computers, and kept permanently.[8]

On 29 August 2007 Nokia launched the Ovi Music Store as part of the Ovi[9][10] services portal from Nokia.[11] The original idea behind the store was to provide to all Nokia MP3 capable mobile users a music store on the phone as on the PC. The Ovi Music Store officially opened in the UK on 1 October 2007 with offering of music from SonyBMG, Universal Music, EMI and Warner Music Group, as well as others.[12] This service had its own software to serve as front gate of the store on the PC and on the phones. It was called Nokia Ovi Player, and later Nokia Music Player.

In October 2008, Nokia announced the Nokia 5800, a direct competitor to the iPhone and with it the service Comes With Music,[13] which consists of a year of free music downloads included in the price of the phone. This service was optional to the carriers.

Within the box of the phone there was a card with an ID that will be linked to the PC (MAC address) and mobile phone (IMEI), so that PC and mobile phone have unlimited music downloads for over a year.[8]

Until 2010 the service had DRM files that cannot be burned onto CDs but only played from the phone. In case the user wanted to burn the song, they had to buy it from the store. During the latter part of 2010 and into 2011, Nokia Music continued developing its app client for the MeeGo platform along with its existing Symbian platform.[14]

In January 2011 Nokia withdrew this program in 27 countries, due to its failure to gain traction; existing subscribers could continue to download until their contracts ended. The service continued to be offered until 2014 in China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Turkey and South Africa where take-up was better.[15]

Nokia Music launched for the first time on the Windows Phone platform with the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 on October 26, 2011 in London.[14]

2012-2013[edit]

With the launch of Windows Phone 8 in late 2012, Nokia Music came to the platform with an app optimised for the new operating system from Microsoft. During the following months, Nokia Music was also released to the Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT app stores.

Nokia Music launched in the U.S. market on September 15, 2012 with a performance at Irving Plaza by Green Day. Fans were treated to a special performance from the band, along with heavy social media involvement by AT&T, Nokia, the band themselves and Warner Bros.[16]

On the 20 November 2013 Nokia renamed the service to "Nokia MixRadio". This change also made its way to the Windows 8 and Windows RT app stores[17] The following day, Nokia MixRadio made its official global launch with a special event in New York City where musical artist Nile Rodgers played[18]

2014-present[edit]

Nokia MixRadio began the year with the launch of the MixRadio app for the Nokia Asha and Nokia X platforms at Mobile World Congress[disambiguation needed] in February 2014.[19]

The service was again renamed to only "MixRadio" in 1 July 2014, to reflect the change of ownership from Nokia to Microsoft. On September 11, 2014, the MixRadio application was announced for the Sonos range of wireless speakers with a companion app[20] MixRadio further extended their reach on the 27 November 2014, with the application being added to the adidas miCoach Smart Run touchscreen watch.[21]

On 18 December 2014, after mulling a spin-off of the service, Microsoft announced that it would sell MixRadio to LINE Corporation, a subsidiary of Naver Corporation, for an undisclosed amount.[2] MixRadio started the new year with the announcement on 5 January 2015 of the MixRadio coming to the Harman Kardon Omni line of wireless speakers, continuing their exclusive partnership with audio technology partners.[22]

In March 2015, the transaction was completed and MixRadio Ltd was formed, as a subsidiary of LINE. At this time, beta versions of the app were released for Android and iOS.[23] A campaign with the United Nations to mark the International Day of Happiness, with the hashtag #HappySoundsLike was also started, launching an international and inspirational playlist.[24] MixRadio also sponsored and attended the South by Southwest music festival held from March 17–22, 2015 in Austin, Texas.

On May 19, 2015 MixRadio celebrated the launch of the commercial iOS and Android apps with simultaneous launch events in New York City and Singapore (held as part of the Music Matters Live festival in South-East Asia).[25] The musical artists Nile Rodgers, Charli XCX and The Martinez Brothers played at the event in New York City.[26] MixRadio also announced their partnership with HTC at this event to integrate MixRadio into the BlinkFeed software of HTC smartphones.[26]

MixRadio attended as a proud sponsor of the New Music Seminar held in New York City from June 21–23, 2015.[6] MixRadio also attended the Firefly Music Festival held in Dover, Delaware from June 18–21, 2015 as a proud sponsor of the festival's Treehouse Sessions. These sessions included intimate performances from artists such as Awolnation and Betty Who.[7]

Features[edit]

Catalogue[edit]

As of June 2015, MixRadio has licenced a collection of over 36 million music tracks. These tracks are collated from major, major independent and local music labels.[27]

Mixes[edit]

MixRadio operates on the premise of playlists, named "mixes". Upon loading the app for the first time, the user is prompted to select some of their favourite genres, which will then ask for favourite artists that the user can choose. This is then designated the user's "My mix". Users are also able to select pre-made mixes by theme or genre, (for example 'Top 40 Australian charts' or 'Rock workout') or create their own mix purely on the selection of artists.[28]

Optimised mixes[edit]

Users of MixRadio are able to like ('heart') or dislike ('broken heart)' a song as it is played, upon which these personal listening tastes are saved and new songs based on the users' preferences are played next in the mix. MixRadio have a team of staff that personally curate mixes tailored to the data collected around listeners' tastes and habits.[28]

Offline mixes[edit]

A big premise of MixRadio is its ability to download mixes offline. This enables users to listen to their favourite mixes when not in range of a WiFi or mobile data connection. This is a feature that sets it apart from its streaming music competitors.[28]

Work with artists; social media presence[edit]

MixRadio often sponsors music launches, festivals and events to support local and major musical artists. Some of these festivals include: South by Southwest, Music Matters Live, and Firefly Music Festival. These are often promoted on MixRadio's social media channels, which aids the discovery of new music for listeners and festival attendees alike. MixRadio holds a daily-updated presence on Twitter at the links below:

MixRadio: https://twitter.com/mixradio

MixRadio US & Candada: https://twitter.com/mixradioNA

MixRadio India: https://twitter.com/mixradioindia

MixRadio Indonesia: https://twitter.com/mixradioID

Unlimited downloads[edit]

In India, MixRadio was available for all Nokia Asha, Lumia and Nokia X phones. Users could download songs from MixRadio for free for the first three months after purchase of a Nokia Asha, Lumia or X-series phone, following which the subscription could be renewed for a fixed time period through the purchase of a voucher either online via the Oxicash website or offline through Nokia Care outlets. For Nokia Asha phones, subscription could also be renewed via carrier billing, with the supported carriers being Airtel, Vodafone and Idea. However, the vouchers were no longer issued from May 2014 and in November 2014, Microsoft announced that unlimited downloads from MixRadio will no longer be supported.[29]

Version history[edit]

The following table shows the version history of the MixRadio app for Android and iOS platforms, with the main notable changes listed for each new build.

Platform Version Release date Features
Android 3.2.2205 June 30, 2015 Various minor bug fixes.
Android 3.2.2190 June 26, 2015 App performance. Mixes and tracks start playback much more quickly. Various minor bug fixes.
Android 3.0.2063 May 19, 2015 Initial release.
iOS 1.2 July 3, 2015 App performance. Mixes and tracks start playback much more quickly. Various minor bug fixes.
iOS 1.1.0 June 8, 2015 Fix for playback issues in Thailand.
iOS 1.0.0 May 19, 2015 Initial release.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://musically.com/2014/07/17/what-next-for-nokias-mixradio-basically-were-planning-a-spin-off-exclusive/
  2. ^ a b "Microsoft sells its MixRadio music service to Line". The Verge. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "MixRadio Launches on iOS & Android, Teams With Nile Rodgers & Charli XCX". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-05-24. 
  4. ^ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mixradio.droid&hl=en
  5. ^ https://twitter.com/tuttonp/status/608165239654346752
  6. ^ a b http://newmusicseminar.com/performanceschedule/
  7. ^ a b https://fireflyfestival.com/experience/photos-videos/treehouse-sessions/
  8. ^ a b "Nokia World 2007: Nokia outlines its vision of Internet evolution and commitment to environmental sustainability" (Press release). Nokia Corporation. 4 December 2007. Retrieved 14 May 2008. 
  9. ^ http://www.electronista.com/articles/07/08/29/nokia.5610.and.music.store/
  10. ^ http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-9767800-1.html
  11. ^ <http://www.nokia.com/press/press-releases/showpressrelease?newsid=1149748
  12. ^ http://www.fiercewireless.com/press-releases/nokia-music-store-goes-live-uk
  13. ^ [1][dead link]
  14. ^ a b http://dev.mixrad.io/blog/2014/08/05/MixRadio-History/
  15. ^ "Nokia Retreats from Music Service". YLE. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  16. ^ https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/branding/1083736/how-green-day-warner-bros-mac-nokia-att-teamed-up-for-social
  17. ^ http://www.wpxbox.com/nokia-mixradio-windows-8-released/
  18. ^ http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/5800485/nokia-mixradio-launches-with-nile-rodgers
  19. ^ http://lumiaconversations.microsoft.com//2014/02/27/mixradio-nokia-x-and-asha/
  20. ^ https://sonos.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3047/~/sonos-and-mixradio
  21. ^ http://mixradioblog.tumblr.com/post/103716719713/adidas-micoach-smart-run-powered-by-mixradio
  22. ^ http://mixradioblog.tumblr.com/post/107224972158/mixradio-now-on-harman-kardon-omni-speakers
  23. ^ mixradio.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/513746-beta-sign-up-process
  24. ^ http://www.happysoundslike.com/en/index.html
  25. ^ http://www.allthatmatters.asia/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2015/04/All-That-Matters-Draft-Programme-23.4.15.pdf
  26. ^ a b http://www.billboard.com/articles/business/6568889/mixradio-ios-android-nile-rodgers-charli-xcx
  27. ^ http://lumiajourneys.com/2015/06/05/english-translation-mixradio-interview-may-2015-singapore-launch-of-ios-and-android-mixradio-apps/
  28. ^ a b c http://www.mixradiomusic.com/en-us/features
  29. ^ You can no longer renew MixRadio Unlimited music download subscriptions in India


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