Slacker Launches for Nokia's Symbian Devices
Slacker Radio today announced support for Nokia's Symbian^3 devices for the first time. Users of Symbian^3 handsets, such as the N8, will be able to download Slacker from the Ovi Store. Slacker is a free internet radio service that offers streaming music and caching to smartphone. The Symbian version of Slacker supports most of the basic features available to other platforms. The application was developed using Qt and is available from the Ovi Store starting in February. It will work in the U.S. and Canada.
MixRadio Expands to Android and iOS
MixRadio today made its customized radio service available to Android and iOS devices for the first time. Microsoft acquired MixRadio when it purchased Nokia's handset business, but later divested it to a messaging company called Line.
Apple Music for Android Can Store Songs on Memory Cards
Apple updated its Apple Music application for Android devices and added the ability for users to store music on microSD cards for offline playback. This is chiefly important for devices that have limited on-board storage.
iTunes Radio to Go Behind Apple Music Pay Wall
Apple has begun informing listeners of iTunes Radio that the service will require a fee beginning later this month. iTunes Radio has been available since 2013 and allows people to listen to ad-supported music stations.
Apple Music for Android Reaches Version 1.0
Apple updated its Music app for Android devices and it has finally exited beta status. The 1.0 app adds a single feature in its full release, a graphic equalizer tool for adjusting sound levels.
Opera Max Improved with Music App Compression
Opera Software today released a new version of Opera Max, its data compression tool, making it compatible with music apps. Max is already able to compress video from YouTube and Netflix when streamed over cellular networks, and can now also compress music streamed from YouTube Music, Pandora, Slacker Radio, Gaana, and Saavn.