Spotify expands streaming music app to Windows Phone 8

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Spotify is rolling out a version of its streaming music service optimized for Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone 8 operating system. Spotify was previously available for devices running Windows Phone 7, but The Verge notes that version of the app leveraged native code thanks to an exception from Microsoft, and it was never ported to WP8's new codebase.

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The Spotify beta for Windows Phone 8 offers access to more than 16 million songs streamed over Wi-Fi or cellular.

The Spotify beta for Windows Phone 8 offers access to more than 16 million songs streamed over Wi-Fi or 2.5/3G--users may create playlists, or browse and listen to playlists assembled by their friends. Subscribers also may download playlists for offline listening. "Tracks you add to any playlist are simultaneously available on your phone and PC," adds Microsoft editor Michael Stroh.

Spotify for Windows Phone 8 also integrates with operating system features like Live Tiles, which update the song or album currently playing. Users may additionally pin their playlists to the phone's Start screen.

The Spotify app is free to download and includes 30 days of free service. Once the trial ends, consumers will be charged $9.99 per month to access the full slate of services.

Spotify is also available for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android. Spotify is available in 17 countries and touts more than 20 million active users across all platforms.

For more:
- read this Windows Phone Blog entry
- read this Verge article

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