Nokia was showing off its new MixRadio streaming-music service at Nokia World a few weeks ago, and now the service has gotten a little more official with the announcement of a new partnership between Nokia and The Echo Nest music intelligence platform.
On the surface, MixRadio looks a lot like Pandora, a service that most of us here in the US have become familiar with over the years. Powered by The Echo Nest, the service offers several different stations you can listen to on-the-fly based around certain genres of music, and creates personalized stations based on the jams you might have stored on your phone already. The app doesn’t require a log-in, and stations can also be created around a particular group or song you’re in to as well as be temporarily downloaded locally to your handset to listen to on planes and other situations where you might not get a data signal to stream tunes.
If you need to get your groove on in person, the application also has a “Gig Finder” to help you find concerts based on your current location.
MixRadio comes pre-installed on the Lumia 800, and will be included in all Nokia phones from this point forward, which means we’ll see the service here in the U.S. next year when Nokia starts bringing Windows Phone devices to the states. Overall, the company expected to launch MixRadio in over 50 countries by the end of next year.