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Bing SDK and Spotify tip up for Iphones

The Vole lures Iphone users
Fri Aug 28 2009, 11:20

MICROSOFT HAS RELEASED a Bing software development kit for hungry Apple Mac and Iphone coders.

The SDK was released on Wednesday and was blogged about by the Vole late last night. So far it has been downloaded only about 630 times, so maybe those developers aren't that hungry after all.

The Bing Iphone and Mac SDK is available now on Microsoft's Codeplex under the Vole's public licence, so it's open source, sort of. Microstuff said that it would let developers create Bing searches for applications on the fruity, early morning train-journey disruptors.

Whether this will break the natural Iphone habit of using Safari for searches is yet to be seen. Regardless, that's what the SDK offers: "The ability to easily query Bing from within your Cocoa or Cocoa Touch application; perform both synchronous and asynchronous queries; and search Bing for Web, Image, Video, News, and Phonebook results". Well, those things along with a semicolon fetish, apparently.

In a flurry of excitement Tom Rudick and Alessandro Catorcini, both program managers for the Bing API, said, "We hope that you'll be able to make some great Cocoa/iPhone apps that harness the power of Bing! Happy Bing-ing!"

We can hardly wait.

Something that may get more people excited is the news that Apple has approved a Spotify app for the Iphone. For those that don't know Spotify is basically Itunes without the hassle of actually buying anything in particular.

Iphone Spotify users will be asked to pay £10 a month to access the unlimited music service that builds up playlists based on muscial type, genres, and styles. Although music on Spotify is streamed, the firm said that tunes would be cached locally for a period, just in case the user wanders out of coverage range.

"Spotify on the iPhone will include many of the features our users enjoy on the desktop, with the added advantage of letting you listen to your playlists even when you haven't a network connection, for instance when on a plane or the underground," wrote Spotify's Jonatan Littke in a blogpost.

We suggest you use the time you have before Spotify hits the App store to start getting used to the idea of playing 'name that tinny tune' wherever you go. µ


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