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Spotify Streaming Comes to Mobile Phones and Tablets For the Price of Only a Few Ads

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Most people will agree that Spotify’s streaming service is a great service, but the only problem is that you can’t take it with you. Unless you paid for Spotify Premium, streaming has been a desktop and laptop only service, until today. Starting today, Spotify can be streamed on phones and tablets for free, as long as you follow the rules.¬†

Using Spotify on your phone, you will have to use the “shuffle play” option if you want to stream. This lets you pick an artist or playlist, and Spotify does the song-changing for you, as well as throws in a few ads here and there. Streaming on a tablet gets you a little more freedom, as you are able to choose the songs, playlists and artists, but still get the occasional ad.

Exciting news for the lovers of music streaming out there, but not if you are on a tiered data plan. Any Spotify users going to make use of this service?

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  • Zen Mobile

    A minimum of 1280 x 720 pixels would be good to go. Anything less would result in blurred pictures and bad display.

  • Ray

    I use Cast ++ podcast for android. Since I listen to mostly trance, its great for the latest episodes of ABGT and ASOT!!!

  • I got Spotify premium a little while ago but get the feeling they are failing to innovate these days and will soon be replaced. GMAA is a good example.

  • Kevin Kang

    they should make premium cheaper

    • Higher_Ground

      same goes for all streaming services… there really ought to at least be a cheaper option between free and premium. Get rid of ads for example, but still can’t choose the entire playlist or something like a limited number of chosen tracks like they have a limited number of skips.

  • Just give us OUR playlist, and a few adds. Don’t choose it for us…that’s why Pandora exists.

  • Robert

    Love Google All Access, but Spotify has Floyd and now Led Zep…tough to stay away

  • Pratik Holla

    What exactly is different in the mobile free version? Still works like a limited radio station for me. Can’t see what my next song is either.

  • DJyoSNOW

    I just started using slacker radio and us shout cast as much as possible. No I don’t need another music all I’m good.

  • ItchyEyeball

    Boo, still a limited number of skips on mobile. But still awesome I can listen to stuff I actually want to listen to!

  • chris_johns

    I’m still trying to justify why i pay 8 bucks a month for play all access

    • AbbyZFresh

      Because you subconsciously like everything Google and naturally you left to All-Access when it was announced. Simple answer.

      • laheelahee

        +1 for “subconsciously like everything Google”
        so true. lol

  • b00sted

    I am still rocking the GrooveShark 30$ a yr premium and I keep that till they pry it from my cold lifeless body.

  • NorCalGuy

    I got the premium service when it was first release at least a year ago now in the hope that this is what would happen only like 8-9 months ago…Google music is just way better!

  • Justin

    Actually, their service was horrible for me across 3 phones on Verizon. Terrible app.

    Switched to Google Music and its been much better.

  • mmmpopfanatic

    This might have been useful to me 6 months ago, but Google Music All Access has made Spotify completely unnecessary for me.

    • Tyler

      Agreed, I was using spotify on my pc and pandora on my phone. Now I use GM:AA exclusively. I still like being able to follow people and the billboard playlist that gets updated every week.

      • MK17

        I wish I would have liked DM:AA that much. For some reason I hated it, and I’d try it again, but I can’t see paying $8 (or$10 or whatever it is) to try it again when there are so many free services available.

        PS- I still really like Pandora which makes me a bit of an outsider these days.

        • creed

          I use Pandora exclusively around Christmas. I enjoy the different Christmas music stations.

    • TSY87

      I wanted to switch but I have an iPad so Spotify it is. Also… I like the social aspect of collaborative play lists and most of my friends have Spotify.

      • JRomeo

        you know they have Google Music app available for iOS also…

        • TSY87

          did not know that.. but still, all my friends use spotify and we have collaborative playlists and such. Thanks though!

    • maxfrix

      Is it possible to use GMAA for free?

    • ckeegan

      I would do the same thing if Google would allow it to be integrated into 3rd party hardware like my Denon receiver or the UConnect system in my truck. Sticking with Pandora and Spotify until that happens.

      • ArrowCool

        Same here, until I can get GMAA on my Sonos, I’ll stick with Spotify.

  • jeff manning

    Can I view my entire library on spotify? No only music I put in playlists? Guess I’m sticking with Google music

    • zionlion02

      If the library is stored on the device you’re using, then yep. You can. But I see your point if it’s only on your home PC. I tend to find Spotify more user friendly, and enjoy the facebook integration. The UI is MUCH better (for me, opinion of course). With Google, it always felt more like a company that was getting on board a trend (and done well, mind you) but Spotify – this is their only business. So they have to innovate and perfect. Think Tivo vs. Cable DVRs. Both do the same thing, why choose Tivo? That’s how i like to look at it. You make a valid point though. What’s odd, is that I dont use my collection any more. Spotify tends to be my collection.

  • TeeJay1100

    How is this better or is it better than Google Music?

    • AbbyZFresh

      Spotify has better design and more social features.

      With that said, i still perfer All-Access because of the deep integration with my Google account and Android.

      • TeeJay1100

        More social features because you can sign in with Facebook? I don’t see what you mean.

  • AbbyZFresh

    This is only good if you are using unlimited data or on wi-fi all the time.

    • Mick Collingwood

      I think the majority have unlimited or very large data allowances these days

      • jeff manning

        Yea no.

        • Mick Collingwood

          That makes no sense

          • Adrynalyne

            Neither does discussing things on an international level on an American cellphone website.

          • Mick Collingwood

            If that’s the case then why post on international sites like Twitter and Facebook, it was through a twitter link that brought me here. Anyway I’m not anti-American but it does grate when people automatically assume because America does it one way that everyone else does.

          • Adrynalyne

            So if I follow a link on twitter to a UK site, and then can’t relate to them because of differences here, and then call them arrogant when they disagree with me, it is ok? Could you have said, most people outside the US have unlimited, blah, blah? Yep, but you used it to bait someone instead.

            Nobody, and I mean nobody is discussing cell service outside the US on here, except you.

          • Mick Collingwood

            After being accused of ‘living under a rock’ for posting that everyone I know has unlimited or large data plans I started talking about someone being arrogant, since I know now that Droid Life is only for Americans I will gladly unfollow them and stick with Android Police. I’m just glad them and xda don’t have this mentality.

          • Adrynalyne

            Now its my turn to tell you that you are living under a rock, because if you hit any US carrier XDA forum, you would get the same response. You are kidding yourself to think otherwise.

      • AbbyZFresh

        You must be living under a rock.

        • Mick Collingwood

          How’s that? Everyone I know has unlimited data

          • AbbyZFresh

            I don’t know what kind of friends you have but everyone i know has tiered plans now.

          • Mick Collingwood

            Let me guess you’re American and arrogant enough to assume because the US us doing it then everyone follows suite

          • AbbyZFresh

            Hey, it’s not my fault to assume everyone globally was on tired plans. Didn’t know there were foreigners on Droid Life to be quite honest. Sorry about my ignorance.

          • Mick Collingwood

            That’s just typical American mentality. They think the world revolves around them.

          • AbbyZFresh

            Lol. That’s what happens when your country is too big and practically surrounded by water. At least in Europe you can move beyond borders in a short trip. It can take from 8 hours to over a day to get to Canada or Mexico.

          • Adrynalyne

            Takes me an hour and a half.

            45 minutes from work. :p

          • rutgersjaffo

            Don’t be sad because you’re not as important as you used to be…”mate”.

          • rutgers


          • zionlion02

            Come on, man. This is an American website. Yes he was a little shortsighted. But to HIS point, you being on an American website, YOU also made a statement that isn’t really true in THIS market. For the majority of the audience here, you’re statement was incorrect. Shame on him for being in line with 90% of the users in terms of experience. See how easy that was to turn around? Our country is as big as the entire European continent. Things are going to be different here. It’s American ignorance or UK pretentiousness. Let’s try not jumping down each other’s throats in the first place, eh? It’s mobile phones- nobody dies. Not really blasting you, just making a point.

          • Adrynalyne

            Nope, but this site does.

            Do you see any non-American carriers discussed here?

          • rutgersjaffo

            Geez you’re an ass.

          • Adrynalyne

            Let me guess, you aren’t American, visiting an American site that reviews American phone models on American carriers. Then suddenly, spouting off something not true to the US.

            Looks to me like you were baiting someone to bite.

    • cortesjues

      That goes for anything that is streamed though

  • BroRob

    I’ll use it on my phone or tablet while on wifi.

  • j

    Yea, good luck determining if my ROM is on a phone or tablet mr spotify when I can fudge any information I want. go Xposed.

    • Albert

      The beauty of Android. So many possibilities.

    • Mick Collingwood

      Your OK as long as they don’t use the same DRM routines as Sky

    • AlphaNoble

      Are you able to tell the app you’re are tablet just by adjusting the dpi so the app presents the tablet version? Or do you need to do something more?

      • Albert

        Usually its a few small edits to the build.prop. No need to change DPI.

        • JoshGroff

          Could just do a per app dpi edit like you can do with paranoid Android.

    • rutgersjaffo

      Way to glorify stealing.

      • JoshGroff

        If the service is free on both smartphones and tablets, and only the ui and type of service changes, please explain to me how exactly that would be stealing.

      • j

        I don’t even use spotify, but I reject the notion of being told what type of device media can be played on. I find it funny that you would consider being able to select specific songs as opposed to shuffle playback, when specific songs are available for selection on every other type of device, to be stealing.

      • spunker88

        Not stealing at all, just bypassing a pointless restriction. Ads will still be served, artists will still get paid.

    • dsass600

      I’m trying to use Xposed App Settings to change the DPI of the Spotify app to 800 x 1200 so it uses a tablet UI, but it keeps asking me to shuffle to play. How can I get it to change to tablet mode?

    • dsass600

      I’m trying to use Xposed App Settings to get a tablet UI with Spotify on my phone. How can I do it?

  • Albert

    Looked at the spotify app on my iPad last night (don’t hate, I use it for note taking in college, I also have a nexus 7 and Moto x) and thought about something like this. Wish made true over night haha.

    • Albert

      btw, I’m pretty sure in this for competition with iTunes Radio, so we can probably thank Apple for doing us a solid with that one.

      • Adrynalyne

        To be honest, I like iTunes Radio.

    • Justin

      Why would you take notes on an iPad?

      • Albert

        I use an app called Goodnotes. I can handwrite all the notes using an adonit jot pro stylus. Its way easier having all my notebooks all of the time. I can download and write on pdfs (slideshow notes). The notes sync continuously with my dropbox so they are also always available on all of my devices. Its a pretty awesome app actually, check it out. I wish there was anything similar on android.

        • Tyler

          I use ezPDF to write on pdfs, but it lacks the seamless dropbox integration.

        • Justin

          Does your handwriting get converted to searchable text? I’m trying to figure out the advantage to writing in a normal notebook. Plus, I’d think my handwriting would be horrible with a stylus.

          Otherwise, I would love to try out something like this, especially as me and the girlfriend go to look at houses…could make pdfs of the listings and redline them up.