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T-Mobile Doubles Number of Music Freedom Services, Google Play Music Coming Eventually

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T-Mobile announced this morning that it has doubled the number of streaming music services available through its Music Freedom movement. Also, the winner of its social voting poll, where customers told T-Mobile the music service they would most like to see included in the service, has concluded. Google Play Music ran away with the vote by gobbling up almost 750,000 votes. 

The new services include AccuRadio, Black Planet, Grooveshark, Radio Paradise, Rdio, and Songza. The previous list included Pandora, iHeart Radio, iTunes Radio, Rhapsody, Spotify, Slacker, and Milk Music. If you use any of these services, T-Mobile will not count the data they use against your data plan.

As far as Google Play Music goes, now that it has won the fan vote, T-Mobile would only say that along with its win, we should see it added to the list “later this year.”

Via:  T-Mobile
  • MentatYP

    Still not a good thing. We’re all throwing a fit over the FCC wanting to undermine net neutrality but are happy when TMo does the same thing.

  • Mark Komarinski

    No love for Amazon?

  • jbod

    Songza is part of Google now, so I’m guessing any day.

  • Tomek G

    Funny how I mostly use soundcloud and it is not included

  • CARPDM

    I have the $30 plan, does anyone know if this plan would include the music freedom. I know there are some things they do that this plan is excluded from.

    • Bob Omb

      Yes, it does. It says Prepaid plans are included in Music Freedom on their website.

      • CARPDM

        sweet, I only saw “customers with a qualified Simple Choice Plan” wasn’t sure if my plan was included. THANKS Bob!

  • Maxim∑

    WHY IS SOUNDCLOUD EXCLUDED

  • big

    What about tune radio?

  • Mark2134

    For anyone asking:

    Does Music Freedom apply to music streamed on tethered devices or through a hotspot?

    Music Freedom provides unlimited music streaming on your device. Streaming music via a Smartphone Mobile Hotspot (tethering) will count against your 4G LTE data and is not covered by this offer.

    • Scott Smith

      Interesting. I’m not sure I’m willing to take T-mobile’s word on this one… it would be better if someone could actually test it in some way. I could see t-mobile having this as their official policy, just to prevent people from abusing the free music data using a hotspot — when in reality it may be free for any tethered devices too. If there are any technical folks out there, do you know if T-mobile can really distinguish which music is going through the phone’s hotspot and which is being used by the actual device? Even if they can tell, I would expect someone could develop an app to get around this some way.

      • Justin W

        I’m just wondering how it would work. Do mobile and web apps for programs send the data from different servers? I wouldn’t think so.

      • Mark2134

        Well, for the non techies, most people don’t know that most (all?) tmo phones report back devices status. ie if you are rooted it will report that back and actually show up on your device performance summary through the tmo account app on the phone. Also whenever that Mobile Hotspot switch is on/off it also reports that status and data duration occuring during that on/off. It’s very easy to deactivate this but the non techie wouldn’t even think about that.

  • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

    Something doesn’t add up… Let’s look at the app.. “Accuradio” it has less than 100,000 downloads yet am app such as tunein radio with 50 million active users is still not whitelisted. Then I looked at radio paradise which appears to be a independent real online radio station… T-Mobile’s whitelisting process sure is strange, unless these companies and stations are paying them behind the scenes?

    On the note of Google play music still not being whitelisted, outside of the techworld, I really think it doesn’t get that much traction compared to Spotify.

    • ThePanduuh

      If one has All Access, a flat $10 a month for unlimited music on desktop or on mobile, Google Play music seems to be the best IMO. They’re really similar, price, features, etc. Maybe people like GPM because it had a nice $8 All Access deal early on and people are still grandfathered in on that. So in that case they’re saving $2 a month.

  • Warwick

    My question, I have a Nexus 7 installed in my car as my “radio deck?”, would this work if i tether my phone to the tablet and listen to these apps(mainly Google Music)? If so jumping to T-Mobile.

    • http://www.androidspin.com/ Lindsey Miller

      That? Is a phenomenal question. I’m inclined to say no, as I believe that this offer is only for phone data, rather than tethering.

      • Adlv

        You can definitely use it that way…thats my car radio, in dash car computer on my Audi, stream away all you wants, Navigation, and Qi charger in the back so charges while it sits there

        • Maxim∑

          and how exactly is the Nexus connected to the car computer? obd2?

          • Adlv

            Yes OBD2 bluetooth

    • ThePanduuh

      I’m going to say no as well. But what’s the difference between having a Nexus 7 as the main “radio deck” when you can just have your phone sitting there? Especially if it’s a device with wireless charging, then it could sit there and charge as you stream.

      • Warwick

        My car can take 2 devices via bluetooth at the same time, which is why I chose to use it as my deck. The neat part is it seats perfectly into my radio bezel.

        • flosserelli

          Nice install, looks like it came from the factory.

        • Scott Smith

          Nice. Is this some kind of custom kit? I can’t imagine it just happened to fit perfectly.

          • Warwick

            Just needed to buy a Japanese model bezel which is slightly smaller(avojdm), Drememled 2 or 3 tabs for the edges of the Nexus.

        • Sean H.

          What kind of Subaru do you have? That looks really good and I have an Nexus 7 as well that I could put in my Crosstrek…

          • Warwick

            2012 Impreza WRX. The only problem is that the stock bezel is large, I had to purchase a smaller one for my car from avojdm.

    • DanSan

      My question to that is, how would they even know? I mean there a tons of people who do tethering on verizon and AT&T through the use of hacks to get around the provisioning. Whats to stop you from doing the same and tethering to your tablet?

    • Mark2134

      I switched to tmo. Love it. But they do catch the tethering unless you can find a way that tethers without the hotspot switch on the phone being turned on. I know there are root options but you’ll have to run a custom rom that has tmo root checker disabled. The plan I’m on is unlimited nationwide with 5gb high speed. The 5gb is only in regards to hotspot. Unlimited on device. The tmo site explicitly states tethering it’s not included in the music promo

    • Mark2134

      From tmo website:

      Does Music Freedom apply to music streamed on tethered devices or through a hotspot?

      Music Freedom provides unlimited music streaming on your device. Streaming music via a Smartphone Mobile Hotspot (tethering) will count against your 4G LTE data and is not covered by this offer.

    • rslh

      Not sure if this applies, but I have TMO Unlimited data/minutes/text, but only has 5GB of hotspot data. They separated the 2 ‘data plans’, so if I use my hotspot to enable another device to stream their ‘free’ music, once my 5GB is up, BOOM!, throttle!

      Oright, what Mark2134 said. :-)

      • jimt

        I think they just turn you off at 5 gig. I have tethered but never got close to that much data. I do not think they throttle you at 5 gig.

        • rslh

          Oh right, I stand corrected. I remember I got this ‘error’ page from TMO prior to bumping up my 5GB limit.

  • JSo

    This would be cool for me if I didn’t already have unlimited data. :)

  • http://rootzwiki.com/news Max M.

    I don’t know if my phone is messed up or something, but I’ve noticed that I absolutely cannot stream using Google Music on T-Mobile lately. I can download on Wi-Fi and play later, but using T-Mobile’s LTE, it just won’t stream. Anyone else having this issue?

    • JSo

      It’s been working fine for me.

    • flosserelli

      I stream daily during my morning & afternoon commute with no problem. Have you installed a “battery saving” app/mod that limits streaming?

      • http://rootzwiki.com/news Max M.

        Nah nothing like that. I might try uninstalling the app and reinstalling.

  • alberteezy

    The more good I hear about T-Mobile the more I wish I could switch, but the coverage in my area is awful.

  • TMKvamme

    If I hotspot from my phone to a different android device and play music on that will T-Mobile still see it as music?

  • Jordan Harvey

    As everyone says, T-Mobile needs to focus on expanding coverage and customer service. I just left T-Mobile last night. The coverage was usable, but their customer service is flat out awful.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Where did you go?

    • monkeybutts

      I’ve never had a problem with customer service, but then again I don’t go in store too often where I hear there are some really bad stores. Usually calling in works great for me.

      • Jordan Harvey

        I have never been in a store. The people are always nice, they just don’t have the ability to do their job effectively. Their software and training seems to be terrible. I tried to switch over an additional 3 lines to T-Mobile and it was the worst process ever. Their website is not very functional. I overnighted an LG G3, in which they took 4 days to ship it. When I inquired about this, they couldn’t find the order, then told me it didn’t ship, then tried to tell me it was already delivered. When I asked for the address they listed a address in another state. Then when I asked to speak to a manager I was told they were all busy.

        I tried ordering phones on their website, it over priced me every time. Support said they would put the order together for me then give me a call back. That never happened.

        Anyways, they just have a long way to go. I like the moves they’re making though.

        • jimt

          Why not go to a T-Mobile store just for the heck of it?

    • Dapke

      It is funny how experiences can differ wildly. Some of the best customer service i’ve experienced has been thru t-mobile. We’ve had some god awful interactions with Verizon, it was like a breath of fresh air coming over.

      But definitely varies wildly based on location and call center customer rep.

    • flosserelli

      I have zero complaints about T-Mobile’s online chat, telephone reps, or in store reps. I guess it just depends on the rep you get. Some are clueless, but every company has their share of those.

  • Godzilla

    I am going to do a T mobile Test drive next month as soon as the new iPhone for my wife and motorola phones are out for me. If the test drive goes well, im switching.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Sadly, the test drive is only with an iPhone at the moment. So you can test drive an iPhone for a week, then return it and get a new Motorola phone, but they don’t let you test drive with any phone other than an iPhone.

      • Godzilla

        that’s fine, i just want to test the network at my home, work, around town, etc.

        • DanSan

          Yea they send you a refurb iPhone 5S to use. was absolutely painful to use the iPhone but gave me a good feel on their network coverage and speeds. I ran like a million speed tests everywhere I went.

          • Godzilla

            that’s exactly what i plan to do

        • jimt

          I think you should be able to put the nano Sim from the iPhone into your android phone of choice, but may require a $2.00 adapter to make the Sim bigger (micro Sim)

    • Dapke

      Hope it works well for you. We are VZW-TMob converts. Thankfully we live in a medium-sized city, so the coverage is fantastic (better than VZW at work and home). They offer some nice features, and are way cheaper.

      • Godzilla

        I live in a city of over 100,000 with major high ways near my home and work, so I am assuming that coverage in town will be great. We shall see

    • peelabrownie

      Can I refer you? :D we can both get unlimited data lol.

      • Godzilla

        unlimited is more than i want to spend

        • DanSan

          If he refers you, both of you get a free upgrade to unlimited for a year. so even if you sign up with the 1GB plan you will get upgraded to unlimited for free for the first year then drop back down to your original data cap

          • Godzilla

            Interesting………….

    • ThePanduuh

      The only issue I see with the test drive is using an iPhone could make people think the service is great then they get say a Nexus 5 or a phone with worse radios and then that would give them less coverage. That’s why I think that the test drive should be with something other than an iPhone, but you’re getting a Motorola phone so it should be fine. Good luck! I switched from VZW on my parents plan to a prepaid T-Mo ($30 a month) and I have no real issues other than the occasional signal loss in the basement.

      • Godzilla

        Well almost any carrier is gonna lost signal in a basement. Depends in tower placement.

      • Godzilla

        but yeah, i think motorola radios should be better or on par with apple. So i will trust the test drive in that case.

        • SkyCode

          I would put Apple on par with Samsung. Moto has by far the best radios I have seen. At my house with verizon my note 3 and my work Iphone 5 would only get 3g with a few bars and my Moto X would be 4g with 3 bars.

  • Droid Ronin

    This is pretty awesome as I use lots of LTE data on Spotify with extreme music quality turned on.

    • Larry Bublitz

      Heck yeah, thanks for reminding me to flip that “extreme quality” switch now! :-)

    • rslh

      I understand that one has to be on their Simple Choice plan in order to qualify, but what if a person only has a 1GB or a 3GB data plan? Does he qualify? I called TMO earlier and the rep said that you have to be on their unlimited data plan. I thought that was completely counter-productive since if I were on their unlimited data plan, I wouldn’t be calling since I could stream all the music I want on Spotify. gaah. Thanks for clarifying.

      • jimt

        If its a simple choice plan then yes. Simple starter plan no.

  • Rich Robinson

    How Google Play Music wasn’t part of the original list is beyond me – such an excellent service

    • schoat333

      Agreed, and they need to include streaming of your online library, not just the all access pass.

      • capecodcarl

        I think that is the real issue. If you look at these other services like Pandora or Slacker or Spotify, I don’t think they let you choose your music on demand… they’re just streaming radio services. Some of them let you pause the music, some let you skip ahead a limited number of times per day through songs you don’t like, but do any of these services let you setup a playlist of your selected music like with Google Play Music in any order you want and listen to them as many times a day as you want?

    • Godzilla

      as long as it is eventually, im good

    • Supraman21

      It probably has something to do with how T-Mobile doesn’t have a way to differentiate data between all the Google services. Like Youtube, Drive, Gmail etc.

    • monkeybutts

      It’s probably a lot more difficult to get all the domains google uses specifically for music white listed.

      • Robert Macri

        Exactly this – Google runs a lot of the internet and the domains probably fluctuate greatly for its services based on traffic, etc. This is definitely a technical issue for TMobile, but they seem to think they can figure it out by end of year.

    • peelabrownie

      Anyone who thinks T-mobile is handing out unlimited data for “free” is ridiculous. Obviously it’s to stir more integration between the music/cell phone industries. I’m sure the following music streaming services have agreed to pay T-mobile for unlimited “free” streaming. Google probably didn’t need to. Why else would T-mobile team up with Rhapsody of all music streaming services?

      • derp hurr-durr

        “I’m sure the following music streaming services have agreed to pay T-mobile for unlimited “free” streaming.”

        I’m sure you have nothing at all to base that on, but you’re own wild-ass guesses.

        • peelabrownie

          Read the press release. It’s only “Music services from T-Mobile partners.”

      • Nic Gillespie

        Do you really think Apple would pay T-Mobile anything? Thing is VoLTE doesn’t gobble up your data, as voice (aka sound) isn’t hard on the network like video is. So by making music streaming free it would only take as much data usage as people talking on their phones without the voice upload (so in all reality its easier). As well, with making these services free they stand out from all the other phone providers and may end up pulling in more customers by the end of the day.

        • peelabrownie

          They decided to include AWS in the iPhone so Apple and T-mobile definitely have a tag up. Don’t really see what you’re trying to say here. The press release clearly states that it’s currently eligible for t-mobiles partners. Sure it’s an added feature for t-mobile, but it means bringing more service to the music providers (win-win scenario).

        • TylerCameron

          Music streaming uses WAY more data than a voice call. Voice is no more than 56kbps, music is 320kbps.

    • Mark

      This whole grouping data into categories and treating them differently seems like it’s going to hurt consumers and the market in the long run. Not have X service on this is an example. Who knows, T-Mobile may eventually start creating tiers for each type of data: X GBs for music, Y GBs for videos, Z GBs for social networking, etc.

      T-Mobile is walking on a slippery slope when they started treating types of data differently.

      • jimt

        Its free how does that bother anyone?

        • Tim Buchanan

          I think the idea is that people ought to be able to choose freely where they acquire their media without wondering if it’s on an approved list of some kind. It’s sort of like throttling data for certain services, but in reverse.

          • jimt

            The solutition is to get unlimited and not worry about who is on what list. All you have to remember is you only get 5 gig on the tablet.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Didn’t know about this feature… Pretty cool on Tmobiles part… Now can we get an update about their LTE Rollout….

    • Carlos Lopez

      General coverage would be nice, I usually lose the ability to even call someone whenever I go hiking

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I remember when I used to stream on Verizon… No issues. Then I switched to Sprint and stream was just so Damn choppy. That’s when I started to cache everything. I hated that experience and wouldn’t want it to happen if I ever switch to TMOB… As for now…. Go phone is fine..