Shazam and Spotify team up and leave Windows Phone out

If you have a Zune Pass, you'll read this story and chuckle as Shazam + Zune Pass = music heaven (I use the combo 4-5 times a week, easily). For those outside of the U.S. who either don't have Zune Pass by choice or by circumstance (basically, not these countries), this may make you a little peeved. (If we recall, only United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain have Zune Pass access)

Today, both companies announced a partnership that will come close to simulating the Shazam + Zune Pass experience:

Shazam, the world’s leading mobile discovery company, today announced that Spotify, the popular music service, will be integrated across the full range of Shazam’s free and premium Apps for iPhone, iPod touch and Android. As a result, Shazamers will be able to access Spotify directly through a new ‘Play in Spotify’ feature, which will take them directly to Spotify where they can immediately begin listening to the full track that they either tagged or discovered within Shazam from recommendations or the Shazam charts.

Why no Windows Phone support? We have no idea--although one could surmise a disagreeing Microsoft having a say. Shazam is already on Windows Phone and Spotify have a client that someday should see the light of day (whatever happened to that one?). So presumably they could do it, yet at least from the press release, it's not happening...yet. Of course, despite what the iPhone and Android will get, it still pales in comparison to the instant-download-gratification of a Zune pass, amirite?

For our Euro collegues and those without Zune Pass service: thoughts? Sound off below.

Source: Shazam


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Shazam and Spotify team up and leave Windows Phone out


WP7 has hardly been left out. We got this feature first in Shazam. It just links to Zune instead of Spotify and a very nice feature it is too. I'm glad the other OS's are catching up ;-)

But not every country with Windows Phone 7 has Zune Pass access is my point ;-) We have to remember our international audience here too. I believe only 5 countries, counting the U.S., have Zune Pass. Throw in Germany for 6 countries with access to Zune music.

Yes, despite what many US citizens believe, the Windows Phone 7 is actually very limited in both spread and support in countries outside US. Here in Sweden, we get like ... nothing. No Swedish dictionary for sms, no XBOX Live, no Marketplace access etc etc. I'm really waiting for something to happen ................But more on topic: I listen to music easily 10 hours a day, but I hardly EVER use Spotify or Pandora or anything like that. I actually forget that they even exist until someone mentions them. I have all my music in huge quality MP3 libraries, and easy access to new stuff :-) I also got a pretty sweet physical record collection, but my stereo is broken, hmm.Point being - I have never really jumped on the Spotify trend that totally seems to dominate the Swedish listeners choice here. I do have a user and a small playlist, though. Everytime I hear about news like this, I'm like "Eh ... whatever. I'll just wait and ... see?" But I guess it's a big deal for more convenient, non-downloading peeps out there..?I actually don't think there was a point in this comment, haha.

"I actually don't think there was a point in this comment, haha. "You gave us one Swede's perspective. That certainly counts! We want that here, so thanks.

It is the same thing here in Denmark. We have no marketplace, no Zune access and no Xbox Live. Of course, you can cheat and create a Windows Live account and pretend you live in another country, but it will only give you access to the free apps. You cannot buy apps unless you have an American credit card.I just hope that Microsoft will launch their marketplace very soon. Until that happens I must buy my music from the iTunes Music Store and I only enjoy trial versions of the apps. :)