The Nokia Lumia 520 is the entry-level smartphone of the Windows Phone 8 family but like the Nokia Lumia 620 and Nokia Lumia 720 you can install a wide range of apps to help you make the most of your smartphone. Here we look at the top 10 free music apps to help your mobile life go a little louder.
The Nokia Lumia 520 is a slim and stylish smartphone running Windows Phone 8 that is aimed at the budget end of the market. However, don’t let that budget tag fool you as it offers a full Windows Phone experience as well as access to the full array of Nokia apps.
Perhaps the most pertinent here is Nokia Music, which comes pre-installed and offers you access to over 20 million tracks courtesy of Nokia Mix Radio. With no sign-up, no ads and no hassle all you need do is load up the app and listen to your favourite music for free.
The Nokia Lumia 520 is based around a 4-inch screen, that is a great size for viewing music related web pages, or just checking out which track you’re listening to at the moment. With Nokia Music you’ll also find an amazing array of artist information you can tap into and explore for free.
The Nokia Lumia 520 is also available in a range of colours, starting with Yellow, Red, Cyan, White and Black. The shells are interchangeable so you’ll be able to personalise your device to match your mood or you needs.
When it comes to performance, the The Nokia Lumia 520 is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and backed by 512MB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of storage and there is also a microSD slot so you can add extra storage whenever you like. For taking snaps at gigs there is also a 5-Megapixel camera.
Here we take a look at what we think are the top 10 free music apps for your Nokia Lumia 520:
As we’ve already mentioned, Nokia Music is pre-installed on your Nokia Lumia and allows you to discover a world of music and local gigs. With hours of online listening, you can choose mixes from the Nokia Music experts, including recommendations based on artists you love, or created from your personal music profile. You can even choose mixes to listen to offline. Play your own music, download new MP3s or find the latest gigs nearby.
DOWNLOAD: Nokia Music
Ringtone Maker is an exclusive Nokia Lumia app located in the Nokia Collection. With Ringtone Maker you can create ringtones from the music on your phone. Simply open the app, select your favourite song and save it as a ringtone. You can cut your ringtone anyway you like, with editing controls that let you choose the start, end and length of your ringtone. With the latest version you can now have ringtones up to 60 seconds in length, more than long enough.
DOWNLOAD: Ringtone Maker
Play To is an exclusive Nokia Lumia app located in the Nokia Collection. OK, this isn’t solely a music-related app as it allows you to enjoy your photos, videos and music on web-enabled (DLNA) devices over a WiFi network. Play To is great as it allows you to discover devices you can connect to over WiFi, including PCs, tablets and even smart TVs so you can make the most of the surround sound.
DOWNLOAD: Play To
TuneIn is a new way to listen to the world through live local and global radio from wherever you are. Whether you want music, sports, news or current events, TuneIn offers over 70,000 stations and 2 million on-demand streams for you to choose from. The TuneIn Radio app lets you take this entire experience with you on your Windows Phone.
DOWNLOAD: TuneIn Radio
Spotify is a rival to Nokia Mix Radio and opens up your Windows Phone to a world of music. With Spotify Premium you can access millions of tracks from our library, and take your playlists on the go with the Offline mode – no connection needed. If you haven’t tried Premium before, you can try it on your mobile for 48 hours, completely free. You don’t even need to enter credit card details. Simply download the app and log in.
If you’re using Spotify then you need to get old of Media Remote as it allows you to control Spotify from your Nokia Lumia 520. The application displays album and artist art for a rich user experience. And it works with all Spotify account types! You can also search for your favourite music in the Spotify catalog and play it on your PC from your Windows Phone.
DOWNLOAD: Media Remote
How many times have you heard a tune and wished you knew who it was? With Shazam you can do exactly that as it ecognises music and media playing around you. Tap the Shazam button to instantly tag, and then explore, buy and share. Tagging is unlimited, so use Shazam as much as you want.
SoundHound is another instant music and discovery. With this app you can identify original music or carry out a singing search with the touch of a button. Both apps do the same great job, so it’s down to which interface you prefer as to which is the best.
Mixtapes gives you free access to millions of songs organized into mixes by listeners like you. Start listening to great music right away or create an account to track your favorite mixes, songs, and DJs. Stop letting marketing dweebs and computer algorithms pick your music and hear what real people from around the world are listening to. Powered by 8tracks.
Want to get Auntie Beeb on your Nokia Lumia 520? With this free apps you can get Internet Radio for BBC Radio. You can listen BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, 2, 3, 4, 4extra, 5, 6, and Asian through the internet. If you connect using a WiFi connection you won’t incur any connection charges.
DOWNLOAD: BBC Radio
Got a free music app you love to use on your Nokia Lumia 520?