Echo Nest Scores Huge Deal with Nokia to Pre-Install Music App on Lumia SmartphonesNovember 17, 2011
by Gregory Gomer
Somerville based Echo Nest has just announced a huge partnership with Nokia that will pre-install a personalized streaming radio service on new Nokia handsets. The Nokia Lumia 800 phone, running the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system, will come pre-installed with the Nokia Mix Radio app that is powered by Echo Nest. The free app includes personalized MixRadio, an MP3 store, live concert recommendations, and more. The Lumia 800 won’t be available in the U.S until early next year, but looks like it will launch in the U.K. later this week.
Mix Radio will analyze that current music stored on the device and use Echo Nest’s API to generate custom streaming radio stations based upon the user’s tastes. In addition to the “Taste Profile,” the Nokia Music app includes approximately 100 stations programmed by music experts. Users can stream any station on-demand, or download about 15 hours of programming onto their phones for offline playback.
“We’re obsessed with understanding the entire world of music so we can enrich consumers’ lives with a more meaningful listening experience,” said Jim Lucchese, CEO of The Echo Nest. “Nokia’s MixRadio unites our music intelligence platform with a beautiful device, delivering the most personalized global music service the world has ever seen. We are thrilled to be helping Nokia give millions of music fans this intelligent, personalized digital music experience.”
This is the second piece of big news from Echo Nest this month. They also recently announced a partnership with EMI Music to allow developers a way to build applications without dealing with licensing negotiations and other legal BS that the music industry loves so much. This partnership will allow those developers to build upon EMI’s 12,000 pre-cleared song list in a developer “sandbox.”
The Echo Nest was co-founded by two MIT PhDs. Investors include Matrix Partners, Commonwealth Capital Ventures, and three co-founders of MIT Media Lab.