Vevo music video app released for Windows 8, Windows RT


The Vevo music video app is now available for for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices in the Windows Store.

Vevo released its first Windows 8 and Windows RT app on Tuesday, a move that now places the music video service on all Microsoft's major platforms.

The app, which can be downloaded from the Windows Store, allows users to stream high-definition music videos as well as certain live performances. Vevo previously released apps for Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system and Xbox 360 console. Both apps were recently updated to include support for Vevo TV, a streaming video service that featured curated music selections and live events.


Most artists signed to major labels are featured on Vevo's music video streaming service.

Vevo is the joint effort of several major labels to stream music videos through a single service instead of multiple competing services, similar to Hulu. Of the major labels, only Warner Music Group isn't involved in the service. As such, music videos from most well-known artists can be streamed through the service.

Microsoft announced several other well-known apps' releases in a post on the official Windows Blog on Wednesday, including the "Where's My Mickey?" puzzle game from Disney and Tesco Groceries for U.K. users, among others.

Source: Windows Store via Windows Blog | Images via Microsoft

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Just tried it out and this app is SEXY! Great job, Vevo!

I hope more developers start making sexy apps instead of just sticking to the basic standard template that was only meant to be provided as a starting point.

Windows 8 is still missing crucial apps, though. Where's Facebook? LinkedIn? Pandora? These are apps Windows Phone 8 has, but not Windows 8... Didn't Microsoft just release a commercial saying they have a unified UX across devices? That UX is broken somewhat, because apps like these are missing in action yet.

Dot Matrix said,
Windows 8 is still missing crucial apps, though. Where's Facebook? LinkedIn? Pandora? These are apps Windows Phone 8 has, but not Windows 8... Didn't Microsoft just release a commercial saying they have a unified UX across devices? That UX is broken somewhat, because apps like these are missing in action yet.

When you develop an App for Windows 8 its easy to bring it to WP8 as well (and vice versa). However apps developed for Windows Phone 7 run on WP8 but you can't easily port to Windows 8.

But I don't think that would stop companies like Facebook or LinkedIn. If they wanted an app on Windows 8 they would build one from the ground up. They don't just feel any need to do so. You can just sense a lot of new companies hate Microsoft..

Having said that Windows 8 is growing. Compared to the total PC market its stil a small player but its marketshare on the tablet market is growing quickly. Soon developers cant ignore it. And when you build for Windows 8 it is easy to build for WP8 as well.

Dot Matrix said,
Windows 8 is still missing crucial apps, though. Where's Facebook? LinkedIn? Pandora?

Why the heck do I need a facebook app?? The website works just fine. And since Windows 8/RT has flash support in IE, all the facebook games work just fine too (if that's your thing).

Which is the same question I have about this app (or the others you mentioned), why do we need an app? What does the Vevo app do that their website doesn't??

It work better with touch. The facebook website is horrible on my Surface RT, very touch unfriendly in its design. So I prefer to use Social NV for updates and the Messaging app for facebook chat. But I do mis an actual Facebook app that does the full facebook experience well.

domboy said,

Why the heck do I need a facebook app?? The website works just fine. And since Windows 8/RT has flash support in IE, all the facebook games work just fine too (if that's your thing).

Which is the same question I have about this app (or the others you mentioned), why do we need an app? What does the Vevo app do that their website doesn't??

Websites are not touch optimized for one, second they do not take advantage of live tiles, or any other modern app features.

Dot Matrix said,

Websites are not touch optimized for one, second they do not take advantage of live tiles, or any other modern app features.

Then they need to redesign their website, not make an app for it. There is no reason a 10" tablet running a full-blown modern browser should have to have an app for a website. This whole "an app for that" craze is like going back to the 90's before the internet when all we had were apps. Not to mention having an app for everything is going to make the start screen very cluttered and busy. Then again, I guess I could care less for having facebook updates on my start screen, but I suppose some people want that.

domboy said,

Then they need to redesign their website, not make an app for it. There is no reason a 10" tablet running a full-blown modern browser should have to have an app for a website. This whole "an app for that" craze is like going back to the 90's before the internet when all we had were apps. Not to mention having an app for everything is going to make the start screen very cluttered and busy. Then again, I guess I could care less for having facebook updates on my start screen, but I suppose some people want that.

Of course they could also improve their website to have it detact the size of your screen and alter the experience for it. But right now people prefer apps over webpages. Perhaps it is a craze but its what is happening right now. You might not like it but the rest of us want apps for our devices.

@ Dot matrix, you're wrong, there is already a FB/Twitter/.. and all in one social media app and it comes pre-installed with windows 8. it's called "people".

I suggest you go check windows 8 before posting such things.

fadyfareed said,
@ Dot matrix, you're wrong, there is already a FB/Twitter/.. and all in one social media app and it comes pre-installed with windows 8. it's called "people".

I suggest you go check windows 8 before posting such things.

I would like an official, dedicated, Facebook app. The People app is an atrocious excuse for not having one.

domboy said,

Then they need to redesign their website, not make an app for it. There is no reason a 10" tablet running a full-blown modern browser should have to have an app for a website. This whole "an app for that" craze is like going back to the 90's before the internet when all we had were apps. Not to mention having an app for everything is going to make the start screen very cluttered and busy. Then again, I guess I could care less for having facebook updates on my start screen, but I suppose some people want that.

Another lame excuse for not having an app. Like I said above, apps offer API sets and features websites DO NOT. Go pin a website to your Start Screen... What shows up? A dead icon. What does it do to tell me I have notifications? Not a damn thing. What happens when I pin the page to snapped view? Zooms out and shows the *entire* freakin page.

Compare that to the official Twitter app: Live tile: check. Toast notifications: check. Snapped view: check. Touch friendly: check.

Ronnet said,
It work better with touch. The facebook website is horrible on my Surface RT, very touch unfriendly in its design. So I prefer to use Social NV for updates and the Messaging app for facebook chat. But I do mis an actual Facebook app that does the full facebook experience well.

go to touch.facebook.com

Ronnet said,

Of course they could also improve their website to have it detact the size of your screen and alter the experience for it. But right now people prefer apps over webpages. Perhaps it is a craze but its what is happening right now. You might not like it but the rest of us want apps for our devices.

That's not what I'm saying. I'm saying for a phone sure, an app for a website may make sense due to the very small screensize most smartphones have. But when you're using a 10" tablet, screensize shouldn't be a problem, unless you have really bad eyesight. I'm saying if you think Facebook's website not touch-friendly then they should redesign it to make it more usable from a variety of different user interfaces. Shucks, at least one person I know with a 7" tablet (Nexus 7) prefers the website to the app.


Dot Matrix said,

Another lame excuse for not having an app. Like I said above, apps offer API sets and features websites DO NOT. Go pin a website to your Start Screen... What shows up? A dead icon. What does it do to tell me I have notifications? Not a damn thing. What happens when I pin the page to snapped view? Zooms out and shows the *entire* freakin page.

Compare that to the official Twitter app: Live tile: check. Toast notifications: check. Snapped view: check. Touch friendly: check.

Well, exactly, I wouldn't be pinning a website to the start screen either. Talk about clutter. But like I said, I guess I'm not the intended audience of Facebook as I don't want to be alerted to status updates all the time. And I guess I'm an app minimalist.

I am definitely confident Surface\Windows 8 is going to rise to Victory soon enough. Even people that I know that didn't like Windows 8 are now liking it and more so when 8.1 is released.