Spotify announces new free version of its mobile app

Spotify announces new free version of its mobile app

(Previously, free users were limited to a shuffle mode.) In addition, an overhaul of users' home pages simplifies and strips down the interface, offering relevant playlists and recommendations right away, which will improve in accuracy, the company says, the more users listen, like and follow artists and songs.

Spotify on Tuesday unveiled a new free version of its mobile app. The service will also make more of the Discover Weekly, Release Radar, and Daily Mix playlists. Users will be able to listen to any of the songs on those playlists as often as they choose, and in any order they prefer, for as long as the tracks are included on said-playlists.

These features were detailed today (April 24) by Babar Zafar, the vice president of product development, who explained how the company believes these features will grow Spotify's free user count, which, in turn, creates more paying users.

Plus, Spotify has built in a low-data mode that cuts data consumption by up to 75 percent. Spotify also shared its latest subscriber numbers: 71 million paid customers and 90 million free users.

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Currently, Spotify offers two tiers - an ad-free tier that costs £9.99 per month, that lets you listen to the full Spotify library, create your own playlists and download songs to listen to offline, and a free, ad-funded tier that restricts how many songs you can access.

The new Spotify app version should be available soon on the App Store. "This is not only about giving users a more customized free experience from the day they sign up, but giving them more control over their listening experience so they can easily find and stream their favorites anytime, from anywhere".

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