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Music Subscription: Tips for Indian Users Downloading Original Music from Apple
An unlimited subscription to Nokia's Music Store (now Nokia Music Unlimited), which claims to include millions of songs, is available free for a limited time (3-12 months) with the purchase of a new Nokia mobile device. One can renew the subscription after that by buying a voucher.
The songs have to be downloaded to a mobile device; the service no longer supports downloading them using a web browser. However, music downloaded using this subscription can easily be transferred to other devices. Although many other free mobile applications allow you to download music, the music they store on your device is sometimes difficult to locate or transfer.
I found the Nokia Music Store a really rich source of not only Bollywood film music, but also of regional and classical music. The work of great Indian artists is available in its original form. Music lovers who are tired of pirated music, or tired of cover versions of songs made famous by the original singers, may find it satisfactory that Nokia Music Store carries music from prominent companies like Saregama and Tips. Since the music is in MP3 format, it is not exactly equivalent to CDs or DVDs, but it's very close to the original recordings in quality.
How the Subscription Works
On most Nokia Lumia devices, music may be played using apps such as "Nokia Music," "Nokia Mix Radio" or "Music+Video."
Nokia provides a free three-month Music Unlimited subscription with many mobile phones. After the free subscription expires, it may be renewed for a week, a month, or three months, at Rs 57/-, 113/- or 281/-, respectively. A voucher to renew your subscription can be purchased from Nokia Care centers in your area. Users preferring to buy a voucher online have to login here to receive the voucher PIN. Users have to create an e-Wallet and transfer the required amount into it using net banking, Visa, or credit cards. Certain banks provide an IMPS facility to transfer funds to e-Wallet during limited hours.
The Music Unlimited subscription is available only for the Nokia account that was initially used to sign up for it, not for other accounts, even on the same device. Hence, users must note down the username and password for their Nokia account.
If a user forgets the username associated with the Nokia account, he or she needs to contact the support team with the IME number of the device being used.
A user cannot download music with a second Nokia account; he or she will get an error message, "You already have unlimited music subscription."
Download Connection Tip
When you download music, always make sure that "Data Connection using Mobile Network" is disabled. It can get very expensive if WiFi is unavailable and music is downloaded using a 3G or 4G connection by mistake!
How the Nokia Music Store is Organized
The Nokia Music Store arranges music under different categories, including "Genres," "Featured," "Top Songs, and "Top Albums." Subheadings under "Genres" include
- Carnatic Classical
- Hindustani Classical
- Indiapop and Remix
- Regional Music, including Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, and Rajasthani
- South Devotional
The older generation may find music of its choice under the Devotional, Carnatic Classical, and Ghazals/Sufi genres.
Hindi film music is available in the Bollywood, Devotional, and Hindustani Classical categories.
The best practice in my opinion would be to download music first from "Featured' music albums, since newly released albums are available under this category. One has to revisit the "Featured" category frequently to keep one's music collection up-to-date. Downloaded music is stored in the folder "My Music."
The "Top Songs" category lists top songs based on their popularity. Individual songs may be downloaded from this category and later stored in a new folder. The "Top Albums" category should not be overlooked as a way of locating all-time great songs.
Use the "Favorite" Category
Even after downloading from all the above categories, a user can find even more music to download from Nokia Music Store by exploring the "Favorite" category, which stores all the gems for you.
To make the best use of this category, add "Favorite Artists." All the collections related to a particular artist are available under "Artists." If you like songs of Mohammad Rafi, for example, add him under "Favorite Artist," and click on his name to find all the albums related to Rafi. Even duets and duos that include a particular artist can be located this way.
Downloads of albums are traceable under the artist's name, which makes playing your favorite albums very convenient, including on other devices.
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