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Spotify to launch free mobile service

Spotify Mobile Free

Spotify is set to launch a free model of the Spotify Mobile app, allowing you to access the music streaming app on phones, tablets and potentially AV devices, without a subscription.

Currently, Spotify Mobile is only available to Spotify Premium subscribers that pay £9.99 per month. On desktop and laptop there is a Free ad-supported option and an Unlimited option at £4.99. Now it seems the Free model could be going mobile.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Spotify has tied-up deals with three key record labels after finalising exactly what free users will be able to access on mobile.

A free Spotify Mobile option is likely to be more limited than existing plans, perhaps by the number of tracks users can listen to over a period of time.

As well as giving users a free option for accessing Spotify on phones and tablets, the move could also mean that Spotify on other devices, such as AV receivers, set-top boxes and wireless speakers, could be usable for free.

The Spotify app is on products including the Now TV Box, Denon AV receivers and Bang & Olufsen TVs.

Spotify has also recently announed Spotify Connect, which embeds the music streaming service inside compatible products, with your phone or tablet merely acting as a remote control rather than the source. Yamaha and Pioneer have confirmed Spotify Connect devices.

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by Joe Cox

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.