Microsoft said today that popular European music service Spotify will be coming to Windows Phone 7, as well as Microsoft’s older Windows Mobile 6 generation phones.
The move gives Microsoft another music partner as it prepares to launch Windows Phone 7. Start-up Soundtrackr also is readying a Windows Phone 7 application, but, as first reported by CNET, Pandora won’t have a Windows Phone 7 app at launch, despite a full-court press from Microsoft’s top executives.
"Spotify is a great example of software innovation emanating from Sweden and Europe," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a statement. "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’s service allows music streaming in several European countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, France, Spain, and the United Kingdom) but is not available in the U.S.. It has benefited from strong word-of-mouth promotion, including high praise from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.