Details, screenshots of the Windows Phone 7 app marketplace on Zune

Apples iOS products can get their apps from either the App Store or from iTunes, and now it looks like Microsoft is taking the same approach with Windows Phone 7. Although theres currently no source listed, WMPoweruser.com has posted some screenshots showing off the Zune-based app purchasing experience. Whilst the article is short, it also states that after purchasing an app through the the Zune marketplace on your PC, you can have it installed over-the-air to your device. Users can also read and write reviews of applications via Zune.

The Windows Phone 7 app marketplace on Zune

Currently, the marketplace isn’t populated with anything other than the bare essentials. That is expected to change drastically upon the release of Windows Phone 7 with Microsoft actively seeking out developers to join the Windows Phone development community – even going as far as enticing them with cash rewards and free handsets.

Despite this, questions still remain about the Zune marketplace. At this time we have no concrete word on the launch of Zune music services outside of North America (although we believe that the Zune subscription music service is coming to the UK) and Zune video services are still exclusive to Xbox in most regions. We don't have to wait long to find out the answers to those questions, as Windows Phone 7 is now expected to launch within the next two-three months.

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I'm just wondering out loud, isn't there kind of a stigma associated with the Zune, that could potentially put people off WP7 because it's associated with its marketplace component?

OTOH, I have to wonder also whether this could re-invigorate Zune sales. Can WP7 apps be retrofitted to work with Zunes as well (even if only the Zune HD)?

I just want to know how I get tech help on these apps, and my money back if I don't like them. Specifically I got the Wake On WAN app from the Windows market place, that obviously doesn't work over the net, but does over a LAN. I have no one to contact for my problem. Sure I only lost $3.99 I think but that's a scam for someone.

jimmyfal said,
I just want to know how I get tech help on these apps, and my money back if I don't like them. Specifically I got the Wake On WAN app from the Windows market place, that obviously doesn't work over the net, but does over a LAN. I have no one to contact for my problem. Sure I only lost $3.99 I think but that's a scam for someone.

Microsoft only supports their own products that are on Windows Marketplace. You'll have to contact the vendor of third-party apps. This and refund information is on the front page of http://www.windowsmarketplace.com

However, this article is about the Windows Phone 7/Zune Marketplace.

Rather than call these "essentials" it's best to note that they're demo apps -- open sourced for developers to take advantage of during the preview stage.

It's been repeated that the Zune service will be available everywhere the phone is sold.

The Guardian said,
If they do that, the market will get flooded with fart apps. Oh and also malicious apps.

I said register for free. I didn't say stop approving app submissions.

FloatingFatMan said,
If Microsoft REALLY want to entice devs to the platform, they should make registration free for the first year.
I think that if you have an XNA account for making games for the 360 it should cover making apps for WP7s

FloatingFatMan said,
If Microsoft REALLY want to entice devs to the platform, they should make registration free for the first year.

I am a .NET developer and was really exited to start development for Windows Phone 7, but never went ahead as soon as I shaw that registration is pay only. I was hoping that registration would be free or at least free for first year.

johnnyq3 said,
I think that if you have an XNA account for making games for the 360 it should cover making apps for WP7s

It does; but that's not much of an incentive to get NEW developers on to the platform, IMO.

scorpio_on_blue_moon said,

I am a .NET developer and was really exited to start development for Windows Phone 7, but never went ahead as soon as I shaw that registration is pay only. I was hoping that registration would be free or at least free for first year.

None of the mobile platforms are free, for the simple reason that running the infrastructure is not free. It's perfectly reasonable that developers should pay for the services the app stores/markets offer.


Now, how high the prices should be is something that can be discussed. I think $99/pa for five free apps is a bit high.

FloatingFatMan said,
If Microsoft REALLY want to entice devs to the platform, they should make registration free for the first year.

The cost associated with it is basically the cost of getting an authenticode signature, which is required to submit apps. That's done through a 3rd party, so blame them. Microsoft could have covered it for the first [x users/y months], but it's only $99 - that's not the end of the world.

nowimnothing said,

The cost associated with it is basically the cost of getting an authenticode signature, which is required to submit apps. That's done through a 3rd party, so blame them. Microsoft could have covered it for the first [x users/y months], but it's only $99 - that's not the end of the world.

Sure it's not, but like I said. If they want to incentivise developers; doing something like that is a good way of doing it (and cheaper than handing out phones or paying them!)

I love zune software interface but one thing keep me from using it is the quality of the music artwork provided by iTunes Store is million times better than that by zune, which is of the quality you can find on Google.

I know... Microsoft doesn't get it! My Zune HD would look so much better if it had the high quality artwork I give Zune, but it converts to a crappy low-resolution image and when using my Zune HD, I can see the pixels, that's terrible!

Electric Jolt said,
I know... Microsoft doesn't get it! My Zune HD would look so much better if it had the high quality artwork I give Zune, but it converts to a crappy low-resolution image and when using my Zune HD, I can see the pixels, that's terrible!

That been a issue for ages, Its a problem in Zune and even worse in WMP. MS development simply says that how it was designed, why do you want to change it.

WMP is even worse it changes everything to 200x200.

nekrosoft13 said,

That been a issue for ages, Its a problem in Zune and even worse in WMP. MS development simply says that how it was designed, why do you want to change it.

WMP is even worse it changes everything to 200x200.

Am I missing something? The Artwork, Artist pictures and information on the Zune Player and the link on ZuneHD as miles over the iPod.

If they include some apps for the zune eg a youtube player then I will buy a zune HD, im sick of my ipod touch and apple's syncing, I lose my music everytime I reboot the computer which is basically every few months just to keep it flowing nicely.

Gaffney said,
If they include some apps for the zune eg a youtube player then I will buy a zune HD, im sick of my ipod touch and apple's syncing, I lose my music everytime I reboot the computer which is basically every few months just to keep it flowing nicely.

You mean format? And you do know that there is a way around that right? Plus, you don't need to format for a year or so, if you keep your windows tweaked and tuned through out.

Edited by sibot, Aug 6 2010, 5:20am :

Gaffney said,
If they include some apps for the zune eg a youtube player then I will buy a zune HD, im sick of my ipod touch and apple's syncing, I lose my music everytime I reboot the computer which is basically every few months just to keep it flowing nicely.

If you're losing your music you're doing it wrong.

Neat. Here's hoping that the full marketplace come to Canada

I also like how the apps can be installed OTA when downloaded on a PC