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02-20-2013, 10:31 AM #1
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 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. It’s 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 via MacRumors
Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 02-20-2013 at 12:22 PM.
02-20-2013, 10:39 AM #2
they won't even let me make an account because I'm Canadian . I constantly use US sites and USD seems a little petty.
02-20-2013, 10:58 AM #3
02-20-2013, 11:03 AM #4
Hopefully this happens. I miss all the music I had on my spotify account. I usually never have time to access the application on my PC and being able to stream the songs on my iPhone for free would be great
02-20-2013, 11:12 AM #5
Don't see it happening! The music labels are already tired of not getting their money, also think apple would block it as well as they still to launch their rumoured radio service
02-20-2013, 11:37 AM #6
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02-20-2013, 11:52 AM #7
well i may leave pandora to run spotify if its free and the jailbreak community tweaks it so i have no ads and infinite skips lol
02-20-2013, 01:36 PM #8
02-20-2013, 01:46 PM #9
I just got spotify premium for the mobile streaming
02-20-2013, 02:12 PM #10
They need to work on upgrading their features before this. While I love spotify, the UI and features for it are absolutely horrible.
02-20-2013, 02:44 PM #11
I will be a bit sceptic on this one. Spotify is great for getting your music out there, but unless your on a huge label, it's real hard for your music to be heard randomly. I am sure the deal that currently in place has a statement that says how much of the percentage of the songs thru the radio app are major labels music.
I currently pay for the $9 service, and love it. I just wish the artists saw more of the money that comes from me enjoying there music. On a major label the money will add up, but smaller bands and small labels get hurt. You have to realize that Rapsody and Spotify pay out $0.007 per song. That's it. I would like to see some of the more smaller bands and labels be able to effectively have their music come up in the random radio stations.
02-20-2013, 09:36 PM #12
What the F is the big deal as far as licensing... Why would you have to pay for a service that's on a desktop for FREE, the mobile broadband industry should love the usage of DATA from idiots who stream carelessly... I'd rather stream at home with a throttled Internet connection waiting for streams to buffer on my $120 40Mb/sec broadband... G'damn American commerce!!!
Stay tuned for Amish Mafia & Savage Family Diggers, ya schmucks!!!
02-20-2013, 10:06 PM #13
02-20-2013, 10:36 PM #14
It would be nice but like someone else said, Spotify is getting paid via the monthly fee so its easy for them to ask someone else to take a hit..
02-20-2013, 10:37 PM #15
02-20-2013, 10:54 PM #16
Good info, I stand corrected...
02-21-2013, 09:48 AM #17
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02-21-2013, 10:28 AM #18
Thats cool. I was able to try out spotifys premium package for a limited time only. Its was really freakin amazing!!! So if spotify can get the ok. Thats whats up!!!
02-21-2013, 02:49 PM #19
02-21-2013, 04:24 PM #20