Nokia to launch music download service with key independent record shops

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Nokia will tomorrow launch a new music download site which will let users buy tracks from 40 of the world’s most influential record stores, including London’s Puregroove records, New York’s Fat Beats, Chicago’s Reckless, Berlin’s Hard Wax, Tokyo’s Mona Records, and Rio de Janeiro’s Modern Sound.

Users can sign up to musicrecommenders.com free, and receive personalised recommendations every month. The site will also offer artist interviews, city music guides compiled by the independent record stores, and background on the stores themselves. Recommended tracks from any of the 40 stores will cost 89p.

As an added bonus, David Bowie will be contributing exclusively to the service every month and sharing his personal music recommendations.

“Waking up to a new sound or new band is something that makes my day just that bit more exciting,” said David Bowie. “Unfortunately, so much music goes unheard, especially things that don’t bow to the mainstream. Music Recommenders help navigate the undiscovered music that is out there.”

“We wanted a music service which offered music fans the chance to explore new music from all corners of the world that most of us would never normally get to hear. We’ve recruited the most knowledgeable people, from the best record shops around the world, whose day jobs are to listen to thousands of tracks every week and recommend the best.” explained David Roberton of Nokia.

a href=”http://musicrecommenders.com/”>MusicRecommenders.com opens tomorrow.

Andy Merrett