Microsoft and Spotify announce Windows Phone app

Microsoft has teamed up with Spotify to announce the availability of the music streaming app on the Windows Phone platform.

Spotify launches today on the Windows Phone 6 platform and is available for download in the Windows Marketplace for mobile. Spotify will also be available for the upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices that launch in Europe on October 21. Users will be able to launch Spotify from the start screen or in the music hub and the app has been designed from the ground up to follow the design theme of Windows Phone 7.

“Spotify is a great example of software innovation emanating from Sweden and Europe” says Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “We’re very glad to work in collaboration with Spotify to deliver a high quality, outstanding consumer experience on the Windows platform with Windows 7 and Windows Phone.”

Spotify is a multi-platform application which provides access to a free and legal barrage of online music. It's a streaming music player which has a similar feel to iTunes. Through it a user can get links to a large number of albums and tracks. Spotify use a peer-to-peer network along with streaming servers to provide their music. The Windows Phone app is free to download but will require a Spotify Premium account, priced at £9.99 a month.

Spotify is available in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, France, Spain and in the UK. Versions are available for Mac users with OS X 10.4 or later, Windows XP users or later and it can also be run using the application Wine if you have a Linux based system such as Ubuntu.

The advertising funded version of the software is completely free of charge and can easily be signed up for by UK users. Spotify ask that the rest of the world wait for an invite to register, you can visit their invitation page should you wish to join the waiting list. Advert free versions of the software are also available: £0.99 for a 24 hour ad-free pass or £9.99 as a monthly subscription should you wish to get going straight away. Adverts come along roughly every half an hour and last for around thirty seconds. Spotify consider this to be considerably less than the amount you would hear on normal radio.

Spotify is only available for selected countries in Europe at the moment but is expected to launch in the U.S. later this year.

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WOW Windows Mobile has 1 official app.... if companies announced their new apps for the iPhone on here then the front page would be huge.

Manish said,
Do you still need to have a Premium/Unlimited subscription to use the app, like the iPhone version?

i would imagine so.. to be honest, its £10 well spent imo

BGM said,

i would imagine so.. to be honest, its £10 well spent imo

I'll be interested to see how it compares to the £8.99 Zune Pass.

I don't see a lot of phone apps advertised on TV. I see a lot of Apple ads, but rarly the app makers themselves advertising. THIS would make a great commercial on TV, and it would get the word out big time on the phones.

Was there today when Daniel (CEO of spotify) and Steve announced it at KTH in Sweden
Ballmer seemed very enthusiastic and tbh impressed by such a great service (and its way of really SHARING and discovering music with friends) and mentioned that he would really like to sit down and talk with Daniel (It was the first time they met) about stuff.
Although this is a competitor to Microsofts Zune Pass, this might be the way to go for Microsoft in Europe. At least i hope so! Spotify integration in a WP7 hub-like way will be more than awesome!

Neodan said,
It's called Pandora. And it's FREE.

Microsoft is is late - AGAIN

And how is that Microsoft's fault? LOL Spotify charges for their service, not Microsoft...

Neodan said,
It's called Pandora. And it's FREE.

Microsoft is is late - AGAIN

And how does that help everyone who can't use pandora because of where they live.
The US has Pandora, and we have spotify.

Only core components in WP7 can ultilise multitasking so it won't be able to play in background, also good to see Windows Mobile users arent being forgotten about.

thealexweb said,
Only core components in WP7 can ultilise multitasking so it won't be able to play in background, also good to see Windows Mobile users arent being forgotten about.

It's being integrated by Microsoft in the Zune hub. Of course it will be able to play in the background, I'm sure they worked something out.

thealexweb said,
Only core components in WP7 can ultilise multitasking so it won't be able to play in background, also good to see Windows Mobile users arent being forgotten about.

For the sake of getting apps like this on the phone MS probably gave them more access than what smaller 3rd parties get. OR, we just don't know enough about the APIs and how you can hook into the media hub yet. Look at how the youtube app hooks into the hub and shows any vids you played on youtube in the history list so you can play them quick from there and not find them again on the website.

Spotify probably uses the same bits MS's own Zune player does so that it keeps playing in the BG. We'll know more once the WP7 app hits.

I'd love to see the WP7 version and what it's like. I'm happy Microsoft have supported this even though they're trying to promote their Zune Pass service. I remember when Apple wouldn't allow other browsers in the App Store because of the competition.

Calum said,
I'd love to see the WP7 version and what it's like. I'm happy Microsoft have supported this even though they're trying to promote their Zune Pass service. I remember when Apple wouldn't allow other browsers in the App Store because of the competition.

Spotify has for a long time now been available on the iPhone, even before their changed stance in the App Store. Maybe you're talking about something else, but that'd be kind of off-topic iPhone ranting.

the fact that is a joint announcement might also indicate that it will multi task? which, frankly is the only need for multi tasking imo... music (or radio) in the background.

nice

BGM said,
the fact that is a joint announcement might also indicate that it will multi task? which, frankly is the only need for multi tasking imo... music (or radio) in the background.

nice

Maybe applications can use the Zune Hub for that...like the iOS (fake) multitasking...

bluefisch200 said,

Maybe applications can use the Zune Hub for that...like the iOS (fake) multitasking...

I thought originally that Windows Phone 7 did have that type of multitasking. I thought hubs could multitask and you could implement apps' features into the existing hubs or create your own hubs, then you could have some stuff backgrounded in the hub while your app is suspended. Isn't it like this?

For example, Amazon could create an app that integrates with the Music and Video hub so the music can play in the background and use the same controls but to buy music you would use the app.

Another example, lets say an app like a remote for computer programs could fit into a hub that was with other remotes that controlled other computer programs. The remote app could control iTunes, another might control your car's lock/unlock/startup (you never know what they invent these days). Anyway, 2 apps might share a hub that was approved by Microsoft for controlling other programs. So both could use the hub for multitasking to notify you a song had changed in iTunes or that your car has been locked or started up.

I don't know, is any of this right? Or does Windows Phone 7 have none of that at all?

Electric Jolt said,

I don't know, is any of this right? Or does Windows Phone 7 have none of that at all?

I have written a little video player some time ago for WP7 and i have used the playback element of the SDK which is the one of the Zune hub. The video CAN play in the background while doing something else

bluefisch200 said,

I have written a little video player some time ago for WP7 and i have used the playback element of the SDK which is the one of the Zune hub. The video CAN play in the background while doing something else

See! I knew some multitasking like what I mentioned was there!

jakem1 said,
That's one more thing to strike off the haters' list.

By the way, what's this about:

Isn't the launch on the 11th?


It may launch on 11th but devices won't be available till 21.

That's one more thing to strike off the haters' list.

By the way, what's this about:


Windows Phone 7 devices that launch in Europe on October 21

Isn't the launch on the 11th?

Tom W said,

It may launch on 11th but devices won't be available till 21.

I always thought a launch event meant to actually launch something, and an event to announce something in the near-future was an announcement. If it isn't available on the 11th, not a launch event in my book, except if they do show some stuff we can use or glance at like maybe the apps, who knows.

Electric Jolt said,

I always thought a launch event meant to actually launch something, and an event to announce something in the near-future was an announcement. If it isn't available on the 11th, not a launch event in my book, except if they do show some stuff we can use or glance at like maybe the apps, who knows.

Do they actually call it a "launch event" or is it just a Official media even that shows off some devices that are coming? Maybe they won't hit retail till Oct 21st but maybe starting on the 11th you can preorder them?