Dec 11, 2013
The headlines will say “Spotify enables free listening on mobile!” but really, the truth is this: Spotify has simply expanded what can be listened to for free on mobile, while still placing restrictions.
Now, on mobile it’s possible to listen to individual artists in Shuffle Play mode, with the occasional ad playing. If you want to listen to tracks in order, save it as a playlist, where there’s no Shuffle Play restriction. This is handy for listening to albums straight-through. So while this isn’t quite the same level of access as the desktop version, where listening to anything for free can be done as long as one can tolerate ad playback, it’s still a nice step forward. Of course, unlimited listening can still be had by paying for Spotify Premium, so nothing new under the sun for subscribers, other than hey, Led Zeppelin is on Spotify now.
The Spotify app with expanded free listening is available now for free on Google Play.