Spotify for Windows Phone 7 announced and Windows Mobile 6.x version released

Microsoft and Spotify have just announced the upcoming availability of a Windows Phone 7 application and the availability of the Windows Mobile 6.X version. The Windows Phone 7 application will apparently follow the Metro design guidelines and will integrate into the Zune Music & video hub. For those of you who have been worried about a potential lack of Third-party application on WP7 this fall this will hopefully reassure you. Now I wonder if this application will allow background music streaming (you know..real multi-tasking…). I would be surprised if it does. Full Press Release and video after the break:

STOCKHOLM – Oct. 4, 2010 – Innovative consumer experiences that stretch seamlessly across a variety of platforms utilizing the cloud enables consumers instant access to high-quality services and products. By teaming up with Spotify, Microsoft further expands its ability to offer Windows users a cross-platform access through desktop and/or mobile services to their entire music library on the go.

“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 launches today on the Windows phone 6 platform and is now available for download on Windows Marketplace for mobile. All current users of the platform will be able to download the music streaming service on their phones*.

Today Microsoft can also announce that Spotify will be available on the upcoming Windows Phone 7 platform. Spotify for Windows Phone 7 will be designed from the ground up to follow the design theme of Windows Phone 7. With Spotify on the start screen or in the music hub, you’ll get a different music experience in a mobile phone, with instant access to the music you love.

”We believe in a world where music fans can listen to whatever they want, whenever and wherever they want it. A world where people can listen to and share music instantly, simply and in fantastic quality,” says Daniel Ek, CEO and founder Spotify. “We’re delighted to be working together with Microsoft to bring the Spotify experience to Windows Phone.”

Microsoft and Spotify recently launched a Windows 7 version allowing users to create shortcuts to their favorite Spotify playlists (Jumplist), control Spotify from the taskbar and lock open Windows on the desktop (Snap). Extra features include sharing tracks and playlists with Windows Live contacts.

*Requires a Spotify Premium account. Spotify is available Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, France, Spain and in the UK.

The Windows Mobile 6.X looks like this (grab it at m.spotify.com):

Via Microsoft , Spotify

  • Carenot63

    How is this different from Zune? I’ve been so knocked out with Zune and all it’s capabilities, I don’t see where this offers me a better alternative?

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree with you. Zune is a far superior service to Spotify, and I shoud know because I use both services. I use the free service on Spotify and with a bit of magic(wink) I’ve ZunePass on Zune. Unlimited download of music, unlimited streaming of my entire music collection and 10 free MP3 music tracks every month is what I currently get with my ZunePass, will I get somthing similar with Spotify? No. So, why bother then.

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree with you. Zune is a far superior service to Spotify, and I shoud know because I use both services. I use the free service on Spotify and with a bit of magic(wink) I’ve ZunePass on Zune. Unlimited download of music, unlimited streaming of my entire music collection and 10 free MP3 music tracks every month is what I currently get with my ZunePass, will I get somthing similar with Spotify? No. So, why bother then.