Spotify expands free radio service to Google's Android
Spotify has updated its Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android application to support free streaming radio, giving consumers access to unlimited music on the go.
Spotify previously added free streaming radio to its Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone and iPad apps in mid-July--in the past, only premium Spotify subscribers could access the service's 16 million songs via mobile device, although paid subscribers will continue to enjoy commercial-free listening.
All Android device owners may also create unlimited streaming radio stations from single tracks, playlists, albums or artists. Users can personalize stations by voting songs up or down, with selections given the thumbs up saved to a "Liked from Radio" playlist on the desktop.
Spotify for Android supports free streaming for mobile.
Spotify is available in 13 countries and touts more than 15 million active users, including 4 million premium subscribers. During a keynote appearance at the recent CTIA Wireless 2012 event, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said users listen to an average of 100 minutes a day and have created more than 700 million playlists. He added that Spotify services have generated more than $250 million in payments back to the music industry, noting that more than 500 million consumers worldwide still listen to music across various illegal services and sites.
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