Spotify overhauls its free tier, adds new features to its mobile app

 digitaltrends.com  4/24/2018 5:13:38 PM   Brenda Stolyar

At an event in New York City, Spotify announced a brand-new free version of its mobile app. The new features give users more control over how they listen to music, by offering more ways to discover new music without have to pay $10 a month.

Under its free tier, users will have access to up to 15 playlists every 24 hours — which comes to about 715 tracks and 40 hours of music. With no shuffle restrictions, you’re able to play these songs in any order and skip as much as you’d like.

Users are also no longer restricted to only playing songs that come up on shuffle. You’re able to choose specific songs you want to listen to among the available playlists to hear on demand.

Spotify has also personalized the overall mobile app experience within the free tier. When you first sign up, the home screen allows you to browse over 35 million songs, find playlists for different moods and activities, as well as create playlists of your own.

The company is attempting to help users save data as well — with a new low-data mode. You can toggle the feature on and off within your settings, and it’s said to help reduce data consumption by as much as 75 percent when streaming music on a 3G network.

Those who are familiar with the app will also notice the Radio tab is no longer in existence. Spotify felt they wanted to give its users an easier way to discover music rather by providing music assistance instead.

Spotify has replaced it with an assisted playlist feature — which gives you contextual recommendations based on your tastes in music. For example, if you need to create a playlist for a birthday party, the feature will suggest to you contextual recommendations of songs to play at a party.

The more you save songs on the app, the more suggestions you’ll find for your assisted playlists. You’re also able to search and preview a song before adding it to your playlist.

Under the free tier, users will notice a “Premium” tab that lives within the app. The tab acts as a way to inform users of the advantages under the Premium subscription and is most likely the company’s subtle way of allowing listeners to upgrade in a way that doesn’t require too much work.

For those confused about the difference between the revamped free tier and the premium tier, there are still key incentives offered to persuade users to pay. Under the premium tier, you have complete control over all the music you listen to — rather than being restricted to 15 playlists — along with full offline mode, and ad-free listening.

Updated on April 24: Spotify announces new changes to its mobile app. 

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