New free Spotify app gives users 750 tracks

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In the first major change to the free tier since 2014, free users can now get on-demand playback for up to 15 "select" playlists, without being stuck in the shuffle mode that is typically required for the mobile, free version.

Spotify Free vs Premium: Should You Pay to Play? "With a new design on mobile, Free on Spotify includes a number of new features to make the listening experience more tailored to what you need to hear, now".

This new experience will be launching globally on both Android and iOS devices soon.

Other than these changes, the Spotify app feels largely the same, with a dark theme and big imagery that makes it easy to browse thorough playlists, artists, albums and podcasts. The new service also lets users like or hide certain artists, which will help Spotify's algorithms find the right artists and songs to feature. As for how much space files can take up, Zafar said it will differ depending on use.

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He compared the service's free tier to broadcast radio in the 1990s, and how it drove business to record stores. I'm sure there's an upcoming hardware focused event in the planning, and we'll be looking out for any news we can bring you. In order to add more control to its free service, it will now have 15 on-demand playlists, some being unique and curated based on your taste. "We're doing this because we know it will drive growth: the better our free experience the more likely it is that free users will become premium users".

The company said the new ad-supported Spotify is a natural next step as it continues to innovate and evolve for the needs of its users. This will be useful for users who have low-cap data plans and comes across as a free alternative to the offline mode offered to premium users.

Global music streaming market leader Spotify probably has no reason to fear being dethroned in the near future, but further down the line, Apple's rapidly growing on-demand tunes playing service could definitely reign supreme. It'll reduce data consumption by 75%, presumably through an undisclosed compression system, though there's no word yet on how this affects audio performance. That said, the free tier has always limited users to shuffle.

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