Spotify Wants to Allow Free Streaming on Phones and Tablets
Spotify is apparently pushing to bring its free streaming service to smartphones and tablets, a feature that has existed only for personal computers for a while now. According to a report from The Verge
, Spotify is expected to ask music labels in coming weeks for not only price breaks, but also to extend their free streaming service to mobile devices.
Spotify users can subscribe to Spotify Premium for $9.99 per month to enable music streaming from the mobile application on smartphones and tablets. The popular music-streaming service also offers a free version of the service where users can listen to music at no cost on the computer with ads. Due to licensing terms, they are not permitted to allow this streaming service for free on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets at this point in time.
Spotify currently offers a radio feature for free to mobile users, which was added
to the mobile application in the middle of last year, on devices like smartphones and tablets; however, it is different from the library-based streaming feature that Spotify Premium users can access. The radio feature offers pre-mixed lists of songs relevant to the radio station, while the library feature allows users to search for songs they want to hear and play them on demand.
Should Spotify manage to get the music labels to agree to these new terms, it would be great for potential and existing Spotify users, and a win for the music industry market. Itís much more convenient to carry a smartphone or tablet around with us, rather than a personal computer, when we want to listen to our favorite music tracks on the go.
Sources: The Verge