Android music lovers should be pleased to hear that Spotify has just dropped the paid subscription of its music service on Android devices. Anyone can now install the app and listen to streaming music for free. Although the service has been available for free in its desktop version it is only recently that the mobile version followed suit.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek made the announcement that the service is now free for Android and iOS devices since they first launched. He said in a press event that “Our very clear mission is getting more people to access and discover more great music. Along with more free users there will be more subscribers, and that means more revenue back to the industry.” Depending on which device is being used, consumers will be getting a different experience. Those using tablets will get the same freemium experience similar to that of desktop users. Android and iOS smartphones will be getting the “Shuffle” service which is similar to Internet radio.
So what is this new Shuffle feature all about? Right now it can be compared to Pandora, iTunes Radio, or other station-based streaming services but gives users more control over their playlist. You can choose to play songs only from a particular artist and every song that will be streamed to your device will come from that artist.
Users will still be able to access their playlists in Shuffle mode. One limitation to this is that unlimited search and listen queries is not possible.
In this new model tablets get a freemium access while smartphones get a limited free access. Ads will also be displayed on the app.
Originally Spotify cost $4.99 which gave an ad-free web experience. Users who pay $9.99 are able to listen to music across several devices aside from their desktop.
The new Shuffle play feature of Spotify comes with these features
- Your music: Listen to all the playlists you’ve created and playlists from the people you follow. Spotify lets you discover new music, save, shuffle and share.
- Your favourite artists: Want to listen to a certain artist? Just hit shuffle play, sit back and listen to their entire catalogue. Don’t settle for something similar. Don’t settle for just one track from the artist you want to hear every 20 minutes.
- Discover great new playlists: Going for a jog or to the gym? We’ve got the playlist to help you go the extra mile. We know you just want the perfect music for a specific moment in time – and we’ve got you covered. There’s something for every mood, genre or moment.