Spotify is great. Despite that fact that many of us abandoned it for Google Music All Access when that was announced, Spotify is still one of the best streaming music services available today. And it just got a lot better (and cheaper).

At a press conference today, Spotify founder Daniel Ek announced that service would basically start offering free streaming to mobile phones and tablets. The model will be different for each device category, but the general gist is the same – stream music, and pay nothing for it.

For tablets, the service will be exactly as it is on computers. Searching for artists and streaming entire catalogs, playlists, radio - the whole shebang will be free, although the occasional ad will be played. On phones, however, it's a little different. Searching artists and playing playlists will be possible, but it will using an always-random model. So you still get the tunes you want, just maybe not in the order you want to hear them. Considering it's free, however, that's hardly something to scoff at.

Also newly-announced today is mobile playlist sharing and discovery, as well as the addition of Led Zeppelin's entire catalog now streaming on Spotify. Cool.

While they don't seem to be available for everyone just yet, these new features should be rolling out today.

Spotify Blog

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Guest

    Finally.. God damn that took a while. Anyway. BlinkBox is better.

  • godutch

    I switched to all access but I am not always happy, I like to listen to radio and all access can make some really weird inappropriate music selections. I usually take my tablet with me , so I will try out spotify again but still hope all access improves because it is 20% cheaper

  • Tomáš Petrík

    Not to forget the expansion to 20 countries.
    After years of waiting, I will be able to legally stream music on my Android device, as of tomorrow. I will gladly pay for the Premium version.

  • tay

    Agghhh i'm waiting for the day they implement a feature so i can combine my own music with the spotify tracks in one library..

    I'm not so fond of ONLY having to use playlsits..

  • Franz

    So they have different experience for phones and tables... Running the same OS?

    Gg Spotify. Gg. (Aka FAIL)

    • sssgadget

      Kind of makes sense considering tablets are usually Wifi and phones have 3G/LTE data. They probably want to limit the free experience in your car.

      • Franz

        Oh yea? What would you consider this then? https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=sony_z_ultra&hl=en

        Should that get the "Tablet" experience or the "Phone" experience from Spotify?

        • squiddy20

          Given that the UI looks like the phone UI and it is marketed as a phone, I'd say it's a freakishly large phone and should get the phone experience from Spotify.
          Also, the keyword in his comment was "usually". Don't be an ass.

    • SetiroN

      Offering services for free in a slightly different way than I pretend them to be. Such assholes they are.

      • miltiekfi981

        Just pay for it, people. I
        stopped pirating music after good music services like Google Music and
        Spotify because the RIAA learned how to make money in this modern day.
        Until the MPAA and whomever deals with television catches up I'm still
        getting what I need for free when Netflix or Amazon Instant doesn't
        carry it.

    • NF

      I highly doubt Spotify is completely happy with this - the record companies likely imposed these restrictions.

      • projectmisha

        The fact they still feel the need to impose these restrictions further shows that they don't understand their own industry and makes everyone care even less their profits are dwindling.

    • http://www.techthirst.com/ Anuj Ahooja

      Of course the cost structure will be different. Your phone is always on you on the go while a tablet is mainly used at places with a readily available internet connection. You don't put a tablet in your pocket and listen to music while you're on your run. A tablet should be treated like a laptop. This is a great move on their part. I'm sticking with Rdio because it works across US and Canada, but spreading their free service to similar devices is awesome.

    • squiddy20

      I don't see you screaming your head off about websites formatted for smartphones... Same website, different format/"experience".

      • Franz

        But I can request the desktop mode on those. And I don't have to "pay" for the full experience on websites.

      • Primalxconvoy

        I do. I rarely visit sites that don't cater for phones.

    • https://google.com/+AbhisshackX Abhisshack

      The Pirate Bay + Google Play Music = Spotify Who !!!!!!

      • projectmisha

        People that pirate music when you can pay under $10 a month for all the music you want, anywhere, anytime, everything, should be prosecuted. Movies and TV are another question.

        • https://google.com/+AbhisshackX Abhisshack

          you mean to say i can buy music using Google Play Music in India right ? do you even know why the majority of piracy happened ?

          • projectmisha

            My comment is solely to the people that can buy a music subscription for $10 or under. If you can't, because it isn't in your country, then like I said with movies and tv, that is another question. Your original comment made it seem like you had the choice between Spotify and pirating. That was where my comment came from. That's all.

          • https://google.com/+AbhisshackX Abhisshack

            people who vomit their pseudo-wisdom without knowing the context should be banned and prosecuted too

          • projectmisha

            Seems to me the context of this article is people who have Spotify, therefore your comment makes no sense.

          • https://google.com/+AbhisshackX Abhisshack

            Again you did not get the context , and for that you should be banned and prosecuted. do you know that anyone can have Spotify (free version) using Proxy, even me too , but i can't buy subscription because unsupported countries cards is not accepted. please dont think much, your empty brain will feel pain.

          • Primalxconvoy

            Same here in Japan.

        • Primalxconvoy

          Except not everyone has access to good wifi or 3g connections and/or streaming music services where they live in the world.

          • projectmisha

            If you are using PirateBay, you have a good connection.

          • Primalxconvoy

            Not really. Torrents can pause and restart due to poor connections and as you are not listening to them live as a stream, it's a background action. Once it's ready, the files can play without relying on a network.

            Streaming is another matter.

          • projectmisha

            Most streaming services have offline mode.

          • Primalxconvoy

            News to me. Every streaming service I've ever used has cut out on me.

          • https://google.com/+AbhisshackX Abhisshack

            please give us example which music streaming services has offline mode ?

          • projectmisha

            All of them? Find me a major one that doesn't. Spotify, Rdio, Google Music, Deezer, etc. Maybe put some effort in before asking questions that make you look silly.

          • https://google.com/+AbhisshackX Abhisshack

            still waiting for your reply , please give us example which music streaming services has offline mode ?

          • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

            Can confirm, shitty internet speed customer here. I found it much better to just get my Ubuntu CDs via torrent than to manically curve at the screen when my download failed half through.

          • https://google.com/+AbhisshackX Abhisshack

            when you did PhD in extrapolation and generalisation ?

    • enomele

      I do agree it would be better if it extended to phones to unify the experience on the same OS. But as people have said the tablet is typically used at home, so why should it be any different on my Transformer as opposed to the computer sitting in the other room. I don't think its fail, I think its a great first step. Heck Netflix and Hulu didn't stream to rooted devices at one point and the music industry is a stringent group of people so I'm surprised they are doing this at all.

      • Franz

        Yeah, I agree on that. Its a good first step.

        I don't see why the music industry even approved this.

        I just think of it this way. Someone who only has a tablet loves the app. Then they buy a smartphone, and realize they have to pay for it.

        I just disrupts the user experience and leaves a bad taste for that company in the future.

  • remister

    I need my search history back.
    I am glad that this will be exposed to more people. I wonder if they are going to provide anything for people that has been paying PREMIUM all these years?

    Just got the new interface change, no more tabs for artist pages? I don't know how to feel about that.

    • Wazzifer

      Seems like their main goal is to get more subscribers rather than satisfying the ones who already paid.

      • remister

        Yep, that how it usually works.
        I would be on GPMAA, but the UI, I just can't handle it.
        Spotify got it on lockdown.

      • SSDROiD

        My thoughts exactly. I'm more than happy to pay for Spotify Premium to get my music offline and all that, but I've been expecting some fairly basic features for over a year now and it's becoming very frustrating, so much that I've had dreams about going back to pirating where I didn't have those issues :P

  • Wazzifer

    I can't care for Led Zeppelin more than I already am. While the whole tablet thing is kind of a big deal for people who don't already pay for any services, I won't be using it since not only it plays ads (duh) but also plays lower quality music. GPMAA will always be my only choice. Pandora is like a fish out of the water now.

    • SSDROiD

      To be fair, people may not necessarily like Led Zeppelin to like this change. It just means more and more artists are understanding that Spotify and other similar services are the future!

  • NF

    I'm pretty happy with these new additions to the service.

  • Pratik Holla

    How is the mobile free different from what it was before? Feels the same to me.

    • ddh819

      right wasn't it free for "radio"? or maybe they are taking off the monthly cap?

  • Cat Astrophy

    Just pay for it, people. I stopped pirating music after good music services like Google Music and Spotify because the RIAA learned how to make money in this modern day. Until the MPAA and whomever deals with television catches up I'm still getting what I need for free when Netflix or Amazon Instant doesn't carry it.

    • wicketr

      I use Google Music, but the radio stations are God awful (too many random obscure stuff I've never heard of). I've been using Songza because thiers are actually decent, but I may give Spotify a shot.

      • remister

        Spotify Radio for me isn't random at all. Usually loops the same 15 songs when I restart the radio genre :(

      • Ryan Yakus

        personally I listen to radio precisely to hear something new I've never heard before. I use it as a disovery tool. in this respect google is actually much better than pandora et al that play the same 15-30 'hits' in whatever genre

  • duse

    I'm surprised so many of you use GPMAA when the streaming data rates are so awful....I think last I tried it it used like 100 MB in a half hour even on normal quality, Pandora absolutely sips data, will use like 20 MB in that same timeframe. Why can't Google use an efficient codec?

  • Donncha

    Odd. I logged into Spotify on my phone and it said my 48 hours free trial had started.

    • SSDROiD

      They knew you were coming! :P

  • Primalxconvoy

    Still not available in Japan (no surprise, as Japan is the digital third world).

    In other news, Jango works just fine anywhere in the world and is free.

  • Jocelyn James

    Bout time! I've been using torch music since it's free and waiting for this to happen!

  • dolleymadison

    it saysmy playlistsare downloaded on my Nook but it willonly play random radio how can I getmy playlists to play?