Last week, rumors turned their attention to streaming music service Spotify, with the claim that a big announcement was coming up, one that would change how smartphone and tablet users would be able to access its content. Supposedly, Spotify was looking to rethink its business model and make things free for mobile users. We were told that the official statement would arrive sometime this week, and sure enough, today Spotify has confirmed its new free mobile experience.
That means you can listen to playlists, search for artists, and listen to all the music you’d like, without having to pay for Spotify Premium. While the experience on a tablet is largely unencumbered, smartphone users will have to put up with being forced to play in a permanent state of shuffle; that is, you’ll be able to choose the artist or genre-based playlist you’re interested in, and even skip tracks at your leisure, but you won’t have any control over the precise order things are played in, nor what’s coming up next.
Still, for free music, we suppose we can live without that level of control. The changes should be hitting both iOS and Android users today.