Published on July 31st, 2012 | by Paterson Prosper0
Spotify Unveils Free Streaming Radio for Android
Spotify on Tuesday unveiled a new free radio app for Android device owners in the U.S. on the Google Play Store, bringing the same streaming radio the online music service first launched for PCs to smartphones and tablets running Google’s mobile operating system.
A similar free mobile radio app was released for Apple’s iOS devices in June. Like Spotify radio for the iPhone and iPad, the Android version comes in two flavors—an ad-free stream for premium subscribers who pay $9.99 a month for Spotify service and one that’s punctuated with “occasional ad-breaks” for non-paying users.
Non-subscribers outside the U.S. won’t be able to use the new service, but premium users based in other countries will be able to access it, Spotify said. Another big difference between the premium service and the free version is that subscribers can skip an unlimited number of tracks while non-paying users have limits on the number of songs they can skip.
The Android service provides access to Spotify’s entire catalog of some 16 million songs and users can create “stations” based on individual artists, albums, or playlists, the company said.
Users can also “save” a song that they want to play later by giving it a thumbs up via the app, which then lists the song in a “Liked from Radio” playlist that’s accessed through a PC.
As with the streaming radio app for iOS, Spotify’s Android app is an effort on the company’s part to better compete with rival Pandora with an offering that expands on Spotify’s core free-trial marketing model.
via PC Mag