Spotify now free on tablets and smartphones

Spotify has unveiled a free, ad-supported version of its streaming music service for smartphones and tablets.

Spotify now free on tablets and smartphones

Previously, free streaming was offered only on the desktop; users wanting to listen on a mobile device were required to take out a £10 monthly subscription.

As widely expected, Spotify has today extended its free service to mobile devices. Smartphone and tablet users will now be able to stream their playlists and those of people they follow, listen to radio, and play songs from a single artist.

There’s a catch for smartphone users however: they’ll only be able to shuffle through those playlists, rather than choosing individual tracks to play. If a song comes up you don’t like, you will be able to skip it. The tablet app will allow users to pick songs directly.

Declaring that “tablets are becoming the new desktops,” Spotify confirmed that the iOS and Android tablet apps will also allow users to build new playlists and more easily search for new music. The company promised that tablet users would get “the same great free Spotify experience that they’ve grown to love on their computer”.

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