Spotify announces new free version of its mobile app

Spotify launches a new free version that lets users choose songs from specific playlists

With Spotify's continued effort of removing clutter from the app, users will now be able to save songs by selecting the heart icon.

Spotify unveiled a revamped version of its free mobile app on Tuesday. Previously, users could only listen to playlists on shuffle mode.

So far, the company has announced no changes to its Premium service which is a bit rough as these subscribers are generating the revenue that allows the freeloaders to get access.

While free users now are locked into shuffled songs, Spotify is freeing up more on-demand mobile music. It meant that you could listen to music for free, but you had to listen to it in the randomised order Spotify Free said you could.

The new app streamlines the user interface so that it's easier to discover music and navigate between different sections. 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. After all, towards the bottom of the app, four buttons will be present.

Spotify relies on it's free service to attract more users to it's Premium service, and it needs more users if it wants to withstand the freight train of Apple Music.

Spotify has 90 million free users already, and 70 million paid subscribers.

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Spotify allows users to create and customise their own playlists and browse content using parameters such genre, artist and album searches. While Spotify hasn't explained the technology thoroughly, our guess is that the music quality will decrease little by little, helping to reduced the bandwidth as your ears and phone consumes that music file.

The company was founded by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon and officially launched on October 7, 2008. "We think these changes will increase the number of music fans using Spotify, regardless of whether they're ready to pay a monthly subscription or not".

The service is available in most of North and South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and some parts of Asia. Initially wooed by its futuristic design, the two become quickly irritated when they realize it can't play Spotify or Pandora playlists.

The revamped Spotify free tier that was announced today is very much the same redesign that IBTimes reported nearly a week ago. Tap the ♡ to quickly save songs to your Favorites playlist and tap the ⃠ icon to hide songs you don't want to hear.

While Spotify hasn't yet confirmed when it plans to enter India.

Spotify also announced it will be coming to another 20 countries worldwide.

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