Free iPhone and iPad streaming goes live for everyone in latest Spotify update

By , Jan 8, 2014

Spotify 0.9.1 for iOS (iPad screenshot 001)

Spotify, the popular Swedish startup, has upped the ante in the music space when it said recently it would enable free streaming on smartphones and tablets.

Desktop users have been able to stream ad-supported music free of charge since Spotify’s inception, but mobile streaming has always required a $9.99 Spotify Premium subscription. This ad-supported free desktop tier has now migrated to mobile.

Now available on the App Store, the new Spotify version 0.9.2 fixes many bugs and flips the switch on free mobile streaming for everyone (they’ve been rolling this out gradually), here are your caveats…

NOTE: although many people were able to access the new free tiers, it was a staggered release so free streaming on mobile is now finally available in every market where Spotify is available.

As mentioned before, the biggest disadvantage is song randomization – you can’t play songs for free in a specific order. You still can search for specific songs, but the app will play songs from a specific album or artist in random order.

This being a free tier, you’ll of course have to put up with some advertising. On the flip side, the free mobile tier does permit you to skip songs, favorite a track, access your playlists on mobile devices and more.

Features include:

Your music: Listen to all the playlists you’ve created and playlists from the people you follow. Spotify lets you discover new music, save, shuffle and share.
Your favorite artists: Want to listen to a certain artist? Just hit shuffle play, sit back and listen to their entire catalogue. Don’t settle for something similar. Don’t settle for just one track from the artist you want to hear every 20 minutes.
Discover great new playlists: Going for a jog or to the gym? We’ve got the playlist to help you go the extra mile. We know you just want the perfect music for a specific moment in time – and we’ve got you covered. There’s something for every mood, genre or moment.

Put simply, on-demand streaming still requires a subscription, which also includes the handy offline feature and removes all advertising.

Go ahead, grab Spotify from the App Store now.

The download comes in at 35.4MB and iOS 6 or later is required.

Have you tried Spotify’s free mobile streaming yet?

If so, chime in with your thoughts down in the comments.

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  • lemonhead

    this was already possible with the last update here in Switzerland…

  • johnnnnn

    lol idb posting 1 month old news.

  • Luke O’ Sullivan

    I’ve been able to do this for like a month in the UK, is this a US only update?

  • http://www.whited00r.com/ Lè Andy

    Canada still left out… = =”

    • Dan

      as always

  • Samuel

    Engadget also posted this and their being hammered about it being old news. IDB is no different it seems like :-)

  • johnnytalks

    People sure do love to complain. Re-downloaded Spotify due to this post.

  • S4mu3l

    They got confused because the last update says that is a new feature.

  • CPDigitalDarkroom

    This was definitely already possible in the US since their last update.

  • Polo

    Why dont they let us listen to the exact music we want to year when we want to ear it?

  • shaeflan

    You forgot to mention that you can listen to whichever track you like on the iPad version of the app.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Read the article again guys. It said SOME users got it, but today EVERYONE gets it. I was gonna comment saying the same thing, but then I read the actual article…you guys should do the same.

  • Saul

    I’m in Canada. I signed up using a US Proxy and I got a 48hr trial? I got an e-mail to extend the trial to 30 days but it wants a credit card and then it automatically signs you up to the $.9.99 monthly plan after the 30 days. So what do I get after the trial expires?