By Vamien McKalin email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 09, 2013 09:20 AM EST
Spotify for Windows Phone 8 is here, ladies and gentlemen. It took developers long enough but it is finally here and you can now stream all your favorite tracks without worry.
Spotify was first available for Windows Phone 7. However, it took developers quite a long time to get a version of the application up to speed for Windows Phone 8. For the moment, the application is in beta for some users, so if you searched the store and didn't find it you'll simply have to wait.
Spotify is a free to download music streaming application. However, the service requires a $9.99 per month fee to access all your favorite music on the go. It is quite similar to what Microsoft is offering with its own Xbox Music streaming service that is built into every Windows Phone 8 device.
Windows Phone 8 needs all the popular applications to compete more effectively with the likes of Android and iOS and, therefore, when news broke of Spotify's availability, you can imagine the excitement on the faces of Microsoft executives, not to mention the ever-animated Steve Ballmer. With BlackBerry back in the game with its BB10 platform, competition is at an all-time high for Windows Phone 8.
Right now, Windows Phone 8 is doing relatively well, mainly due to Nokia's push to reclaim is dominant position from Samsung and Apple. Therefore, going forward, we doubt BlackBerry 10 has any chance of keeping up with the platform as Nokia brings it to new price points with devices such as the Lumia 620.