Free 'Shuffle Play' Music Streaming Hits Spotify Mobile
Free music streaming now available to mobile users in 55 countries.
As predicted Spotify have now made their music streaming service free to mobile and tablet users. Previously, free access remained exclusive to those accessing the service from a desktop PC with mobile users required to pay a premium subscription (costing £9.99 per month).
Now owners of Android and iOS mobile devices can access Spotify's library of 20 million tracks for free. Mobile users can now listen to playlists they've created and access ones from people they follow. You can also choose to play all the tracks from your favourite artist, or discover new playlists selected by Spotify.
“Today we’re giving people the best free music experience in the history of the smartphone and the tablet,” said Daniel Ek, CEO & Founder at Spotify. “Whether you’re going to the gym, or having a party with friends. Just sit back and let Spotify serve you great music for every moment of your life.”
What's the catch?
The big limitation of the free version is that you can't choose to listen to individual tracks. Instead the application will randomly choose tracks by shuffling from the selected playlist or library. It's not ideal, but it's free music nonetheless and you might end up discovering unfound riches.
The second reason to go premium is that the free version is funded by adverts. So every so often you'll have to listen to a short promotion in between tracks, but if you signup for the premium service you'll suffer from no such interruptions. Other benefits of premium include higher quality audio and the option to download and listen to tracks offline.
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By Simon Thomas on 12th December, 2013