7digital music store app headed to Windows Phone in January, North American expansion planned

7digital brought its 13 million track-strong music store to the BlackBerry Playbook earlier this year, and it looks like it now has another new platform in its sights. The company confirmed today that it plans to release a music store app for Windows Phone 7.5 devices in January, apparently with a little help from a partnership with Microsoft. The app itself will seemingly be similar to those found on other platforms (Metro UI styling aside), including the ability to preview tracks before purchasing, and lower quality files that can be downloaded over 3G and later upgraded when a WiFi connection is available. In addition to that rather large music library, 7digital's store is also notable for offering many of its tracks in 24-bit FLAC format, with the standard offering being 320kbps MP3 files -- 7digital also claims to now have 3 million customers. What's more, the company also announced today that it will begin expanding its North American operations in the new year, complete with some new offices and a new president of 7digital North America: Vickie Nauman, who came to 7digital from Sonos and has been serving as VP until now. The press release is after the break.

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7digital comes to Windows® Phone in partnership with Microsoft

7digital expands its device reach to Windows® Phone devices including the Nokia Lumia series
Windows® device users can browse 7digital's 17 million strong music catalogue, download and listen without leaving the app
App will be available over 35 countries including US, Europe and Asia.

London, UK, 6th December 2011 – 7digital, the leading digital media company, today announced its mobile service will be available in 2012 on Microsoft's new range of Windows Phone devices.

The 7digital Windows Phone app is a download store that gives users access to 7digital's 17 million strong catalogue of high quality MP3 tracks. Users can browse, preview, purchase and download music to their Windows Phone, anytime, anywhere.

'All-in-one' app features include:

Discover – Users can browse music by genre and new releases as well as search for artist, track or album names. 7digital's top track and album charts are also available
Preview – 30 to 90 second previews of all tracks are available before purchase
Purchase – An in-app store for users to easily browse, purchase and download music straight to their Windows device whilst still listening to their music
Download – Tracks will download in a compressed, lower quality format when using a cellular network, for instant listening. When a WiFi connection is available, the purchased track can be upgraded to a full MP3 320kbps quality file
Synch – Users can access and synchronise tracks they have stored locally on their device, as well as from their 7digital cloud locker into the 7digital app player
Listen – Playlists can be created and managed from within the application.
"We're continuing to see demand from customers for access to their music on all their devices, regardless of the manufacturer or operating system. With the launch of our Windows Phone app, we're continuing to work towards the realisation of our vision to provide anytime anywhere access to music for our customers" comments Ben Drury, 7digital CEO.

"7digital customers now have access to their high-quality music on a whole new range of mobile devices. As well as Windows Phone devices, 7digital is also available natively on the Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets, BlackBerry devices, and can be downloaded as an app for all Android devices".

"7digital is 'platform agnostic' and by working closely with Microsoft on its Windows devices we are closer to our goal of being able to give our customers access to their entire music collection on all of their devices, any time they want to access it."

The application is available to Windows mobile users in 35 territories including UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden and Norway. Track currency and pricing is localised for users in each region.

Further information on 7digital's mobile applications is available at

The 7digital Windows app uses the Windows Metro UI and is compatible with Windows 7.5 'Mango' OS and above.


7digital To Expand North American Operations
Vickie Nauman appointed President of 7digital-North America to expand and grow 7digital's global business

London, UK, 6th December 2011 – 7digital, the leading digital media company, today announced the company will be expanding its North American operation and opening US offices beginning January 2012 in response to its growing business.

Leading the stateside effort will be newly appointed President of 7digital North America, Vickie Nauman, who has been serving as Vice President since Q4 2009 when the company acquired its US and Canadian music rights. Nauman will oversee business development, strategy, partnerships, label relations, and marketing. As a partner-friendly company, 7digital seeks to expand its growing base of clients and strategic partners that currently includes T-Mobile USA, HP, RIM, Samsung, Songbird, AOL's Winamp, and Fantrail. Through the use of 7digital's platform, hundreds of worldwide clients have built music initiatives on 7digital's API platform (Application Programming Interface), designed to simplify the integration of music into third party efforts.

"The last two years have been full of constant change in the digital landscape, and we've been steadily building our profile and partnerships in the US and Canada," comments Ben Drury 7digital CEO and co-founder, "Vickie has led these efforts and will now lead an expanded presence with new staff and office. We look forward to being able to provide enhanced services to our customers and partners in 2012."

Commenting on the North American business, Nauman says, "The US market has its own dynamics and needs, and as the digital music market evolves, it's getting more difficult to find neutral, strategic partners, which is precisely the role we fulfill. We have now established a significant number of North American-based clients as well as a growing business selling 320K MP3s on Everyone wants a best-in-class experience, a complete music catalogue, and a mix of music ownership and cloud-based services, and we are uniquely positioned to deliver this globally."

Nauman joined 7digital from Sonos, where she established global partnerships between wireless digital music system for the home with music companies, Spotify, SiriusXM, RadioTime, Pandora, Rhapsody, Napster, and Deezer. Prior to Sonos, Nauman managed an international and media-focused consultancy CrossBorderWorks, created the online services for boutique Seattle

radio station KEXP, served on the product team of MusicNet at RealNetworks, and earned a 2006 MBA through the London School of Economics, New York University, and HEC-Paris, in the collaborative executive program TRIUM.

All technology and platform operations will remain in the company's London headquarters and a small team will manage all partnerships and business in the North American market. Nauman will remain based in Los Angeles, and the team will likely have presence on both the west and east coast as well as maintain its dedicated North American team in London.