7digital is set to release the first digital music store on the Windows 8 operating system.
The 7digital Music Store application is currently available in the Windows Store Preview, and will be further refined ahead of the full release in October.
The application has been developed as part of 7digital’s platform mobile strategy, providing consumers with access to their music collection across all devices. It has been designed to work on both the desktop and tablet versions of Windows 8.
Users will have access to 7digital’s entire catalogue of 20 million high-quality digital music tracks, ability to search the catalogue for favourite artists and tracks, and discover new music based on its recommendation technology. Thirty-second previews of all tracks are available before purchase, and purchased music is automatically added to a user’s cloud-based 7digital Locker for access on other devices or through a web browser.
Existing 7digital users will be able to automatically sync and download all tracks and albums in their 7digital Locker to a Windows 8 device, once the application has been installed. Favourite artists and albums can also be ‘pinned’ to the Windows 8 UI and shared.
Ben Drury, CEO of 7digital said: “The potential of Windows 8 is huge. Microsoft’s renewed commitment to the tablet space, and development of the Surface hardware, means there could be millions of devices in the market by the end of next year. We believe this offers us a significant market opportunity as a digital music provider.
“The heart of our digital strategy is providing a platform agnostic music store that does not tie users to a single device or operating system; we have apps for Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone and iOS already available.
"Developing the Windows 8 application early means we’re ideally placed to become the default digital music store for newly purchased desktops and tablets, and compatible across all other platforms. We’re also ensuring our existing customers can access their tracks and albums, and purchase new music, as soon as they buy or upgrade to Windows 8.”