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Tell Cortana to play some Nokia MixRadio with this amazing app

Nokia MixRadio has high praises from a lot of users on Windows Phone. Not only is it a decent music store, its namesake of mixed music through playlists keeps things fresh and helps you discover new artists.

The MixRadio team, lead by the well-coiffed Dean (@deano_42), has put out a video demonstrating some of the voice options with MixRadio for those on Windows Phone 8.1. Although Cortana can do some things, a new third-party app called SpeakAndMix from developer Steve Robbins takes things even further.

So what can SpeakAndMix do? Check it out:

This app lets you start listening to MixRadio by asking Cortana to mix some music for you. Examples of what you can say are: "mix some grunge", "mix some pop", "mix me some jazz", "mix me Lady Gaga", "mix me Green Day".

We just tried it, and it is very well done. Once installed, you never need to open the app itself again. Instead, you just bark out your commands to Cortana like some 15th century king.

Nokia MixRadio is already a superb app with an exciting design and great function. Tossing in SpeakAndMix to the batch just makes it even better. What’s more, the app is free.

Check out the above video to see SpeakAndMix in action or just head here to the Store to download it now. Windows Phone 8.1 devices only, must have Cortana enabled if outside the US

Don’t yet have MixRadio? Pick it up here in the Store to give a spin and don’t forget about nokiamixradio.uservoice.com for feature requests!

QR: SpeakAndMix

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Tell Cortana to play some Nokia MixRadio with this amazing app

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Cool, but the store, at least for me is behaving funky today. Allot of "No result" is showing. Update: Just downloaded the free Xbox Game temple run 2. And the store shows nothing anymore.

I'll have to try this. I love that Cortana allows me to just say "play [song name]" while I'm driving with my hands free, it never worked well before with TellMe, but works great now. I love Nokia MixRadio, but due to not having much data in my Verizon plan, i don't see myself in situations where this would be as useful. Still will try it out.

So does this mean that app devs can add to Cortana's functionality with just an app download? Of so, that could be cool!

Yeah that logic was cool when rebranding took place in 2013. But if new add ons should really be creative with tile design!

dont work .. mix some pop just returns a web search :(

 

oh wait - you gotta open the app .. then have it running - I thought installing it baked it into Cortana ..

Installed it on l920. It seems ok but noticed once music plays I am missing the audio controls you get when you press volume up or down.

Give it chance, 8.1 is only just going officially public. Small time developers are taking advantage of the DP to play around with the new stuff (like Cortana and transparency tiles) and are producing apps like this. This trailblazing indie development, free of long lead times, resource constraints and OS considerations is showing the major league boys what can be done.

As the king can I have someone tortured if it doesn't work right? "Mix me Iron Maiden lest thou be thyself relegated to thy same!"

can't get this to work.

 

when i try "open nokia mixradio" all i get is a web search for "open nokia mix radio"

 

When I try "mix me som jazz" all I get is a web search for "makes me some jazz"