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October 5, 2010

A Night with Music apps and Windows Phone 7

Tonight, while down in San Francisco, we had a chance to share some of the third party music applications that will be making their way to Windows Phone 7. We had a great time showing off the apps to some of our favorite people here in the Bay, but I wanted to share some of my highlights of the three music apps we debuted: iheartradio, Lyrics by MusiXMatch and Slacker.

First up – iheartradio. I really do heart radio, especially when I can tune into my favorite out-of-town radio stations streaming from my phone. You can use the same keypad-style navigation found in the contacts view of Windows Phone 7 to jump right to the city names you are looking for – a nice touch that shows off the ability developers have to create apps for Windows Phone 7 that are consistent with the design of the OS.

Next is Lyrics by MusiXMatch. My favorite feature of this application is how it automatically pulls in the music you’re already listening to from Zune on your phone and serves up the song lyrics. This comes in handy when trying to school your friends on music knowledge or practice for the next karaoke session.

Finally, we have Slacker. This app takes full advantage of the options developers have with pivot and panorama and really showcases all that Windows Phone 7 apps have to offer. The paralax effect is awesome [meaning foreground and background move at different speeds as you swipe left and right]. It also does an awesome job of highlighting featured content and your recent listening history.

So there you have it! Just a quick hello to show you some of the cool stuff in the hopper. I will post an update soon with some visuals but until then check some shots from CNET. More awesome Windows Phone 7 stuff on the way!