Nokia will be the first global company to launch a streaming service in China as it prepares to bring MixRadio to the country this week.
Piracy in China is regarded as one of the highest in the world and more than 80% of internet users - 500 million people - access the net through a mobile device.
Nokia’s service will provide a legal alternative for free or a premium version for the equivalent of $3.99 a month.
Available on smartphones in 31 countries, the service acts like an ad-free personalised radio station.
Chinese musicians including Khalil Fong, Tia Ray and DJ Wordy have been hired to curate playlists of the local music.