Jul 31 AT 8:42 AM Anthony Domanico 21 Comments

Spotify launches free streaming radio for Android


Spotify has long been heralded as one of the best online music platforms out there. It’s adoption among mobile users, however, has been limited due to the fact that the service cost $10 per month for mobile access to Spotify’s library of songs.

The new Spotify for Android application changes all this, allowing users in the US to create free streaming stations based on a song, artist, or playlist of your choosing similar to Pandora or Slacker radio. Users can create an unlimited number of stations and playlists, and can favorite songs for easy access to them later on. Of course, as with other free services you will be served with adverts on a regular basis, but that’s a small price to pay for streaming audio that you don’t have to pay for.

Of course, you can still upgrade to a premium account, which will give you the ability to sync all your playlists and songs for offline listening, unlimited skips, as well as immediate access to any song of your choosing, both of which could be well worth the $10 per month for those of you who live in areas without a reliable and quick data connection.

The new Spotify for Android app can be found for free on the Google Play Store. Will you be checking it out now that Spotify has gone free, or will you stick to the likes of Pandora, Slacker, or iHeartRadio?


Via: The Verge

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  • Ronnie Boone

    I used to have XM. I cancelled my XM account and got a premium Spotify account. It’s cheaper than XM, and I can listen to whatever I want to listen to. I pick the songs! Spotify rocks!

    • Bpear96

      Spotify has been on android for quite some time now.. This is just a update to the app. Man some people are just so smart..

  • LukeT32

    Might give it a shot…. Except I was given a Pandora One gift for christmas. So between that and “Play Music” I don’t listen to much else.

  • Gr8Ray

    The biggest feature they need to add to the Spotify app is landscape orientation support. This app is just stupid in a car dock. The second feature they need to add to the app is artist radio support, like the desktop player has. Without those two features it’s pretty annoying to use in the car, and was the main reason I switched to Rdio.

    Crossing my fingers that the “update” at least adds the landscape orientation support.

  • R.S

    I’ve grown a bit tired of Pandora so I’ll be giving Spotify a try.

  • MoSDeeb

    I would like to try Spotify but it requires a Facebook account which I don’t have. I could create a an account but I’d rather not.

    • R.S

      Does it really? If so, I guess I won’t be giving it a try.

    • Futureboy

      Facebook is not required, but rather an option.

      You can log in with your Spotify account credentials. The “log in with Spotify details” button is right under the Facebook login button when you launch the app. I’m not sure why it’s not as prominent as the Facebook login, but it’s there.

  • Gregasus

    It cost as much one full album so If you buy one each month Spotify is more cost effective.

  • Yaniv C

    All i can say is …. Grooveshark.com people!
    For the same money you get the same amount of tracks, a browser based player, mobile player with offline mode AND you can upload your whole frikkin library to their servers??? Where is the question?

  • droilfade

    I hope they at least include all of North America!

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    I’ve been using Songza for my streaming radio preferences these days, even though I have a Spotify Premium subscription. I rarely use Spotify on mobile anymore, and the offline sync is more of a novelty more often than not.

    Ironically, I might actually cancel my subscription to Spotify Premium now that the radio functionality is free on mobile. Between that and the always-free, no-ads Songza, I think I’m set.

    • epps720

      I still need to give Songza a try, it’s an interesting concept

      • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

        I find the Concierge playlists to be far superior to the likes of Pandora et. al.

  • Jason Ivers

    I actually prefer Jango (Jango.com)… it plays artists I don’t know more often, and has less advertisements.

  • dVyper

    Am absolutely loving spotify now! it can only keep getting better and better :D

  • Russ

    You have to have a facebook account to login to Spotify. What a fail.

  • Eli

    I thought I would check it out. Not really crazy about it. Created a Johnny Cash station, it played The Bangles….. Also not sure if it my phone GS3, but it makes the phone vibration pulse with the music. That’s freaking annoying.

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  • Jaydude

    This is fantastic. Spotify is one of the best music apps on the internet, and I love to see good things grow! I’ve been using it a lot lately, and it is great. I think I may be done with Pandora

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