recently announced on its blog that it will offer a Windows Phone 7 application in the coming months, giving Microsoft another hugely popular application to add to its app catalog. The music subscription service has also launched an app for Windows Mobile devices using version 6.0 and up.
Spotify's announcement comes less than a week before Microsoft unveils the first Windows Phone 7 devices on October 11 in New York and London. Spotify, currently available in only seven European countries, is expected to launch in the United States before the end of the year, according to PaidContent.
What is Spotify?
Spotify is a music subscription service that offers paid and free ad-supported accounts that allow you to stream music to your computer or mobile device (premium only). Spotify's music catalog includes more than 10 million songs.
But the secret to Spotify's success has been its flexibility. Spotify users can share and build music playlists with friends, and you can send links back to the playlists via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter. Premium Spotify users can also cache their playlists for offline listening. Spotify also includes artist pages, Pandora-like radio stations based around a particular artist and MP3 music purchases.
Spotify is available in Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Interestingly, Spotify premium users can access their music anywhere in the world, but can only sign up and pay for the service in the seven launch countries.
Spotify has 10 million users in Europe and more than 500,000 premium subscribers, according to Music Ally.
What will the Windows Phone 7 app be like?
Spotify has not announced any details about its Windows Phone 7 application, but it is likely to be similar to the company's Windows Mobile app. Features for the current Windows Mobile version include the ability to search and browse Spotify's music catalog, stream music over Wi-Fi or 3G, offline music playback and wireless desktop sync.
Considering both Windows Phone 7 and Spotify feature Facebook integration, it's possible the Phone 7 app could have some added social functionality. But that is just speculation.
Despite a rumored 2010 launch, it's not clear when Spotify will launch in the U.S. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek in March confirmed that Spotify was planning a U.S. launch, but the service has yet to materialize for American users. Most believe that negotiations with the major music labels in the U.S. have held back Spotify's launch. Ek has also said the U.S. version of Spotify may have "slight changes" compared to the European service.
When Spotify finally does launch in the U.S. it will find a similar competitor already hard at work. Music subscription service RDIO recently opened to all U.S. and Canadian users. PC World contributing editor Harry McCracken called RDIO "the most comprehensive iTunes substitute so far."