One of the big reasons why Windows Phone 7 users will miss multi-tasking is playing music in the background using 3rd party apps. It is however commonly believed that applications which integrate in the music and video hub can avoid this inconvenience by enjoying the same advantages 1st party apps have to run in the background.
Now we have some indication that Spotify maybe one such app. The official press release on Microsoft’s site notes:
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 can only cross out fingers, but all these questions should be answered soon enough with devices set to hit the ground on less than 3 weeks.
See the full press release 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.
â€œSpotify is a great example of software innovation emanating from Sweden and Europeâ€ says Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. â€œWeâ€™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.â€
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.
â€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,â€ says Daniel Ek, CEO and founder Spotify. â€œWeâ€™re delighted to be working together with Microsoft to bring the Spotify experience to Windows Phone.â€
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.