Spotify expands to 20 new countries, now free on Android and iOS
Spotify is now free on mobile; well, kind of free. The latest version of the music streaming service removes the need to have a $9.99 monthly premium subscription to listen to anything other than Spotify Radio on a mobile device. However, there are still some rules that make a Spotify Premium account still worth having for some users.
Spotify Radio has until now been the only way to listen on a mobile device without paying a monthly subscription. On Apple iPad and Android tablets, users can now listen to the ad-supported Spotify free service. They can access any song at any time just as if they were listening on their desktop. For many people, a tablet is as close as they come to a desktop these days.
On-demand listening to a specific song still requires a premium subscription for iPhone and Android smartphone users, but Spotify includes a new feature that lets users listen to their favorite artists’ back catalogue at random. Someone can start a Katy Perry station and hear nothing but Katy Perry songs on shuffle. You can do the same for a user-created playlist. It doesn’t provide sequential on-demand listening, but it does offer a random playlist of favorite songs instead of relying on a radio station with very little user control.
Spotify also launched in 20 new countries today, so more people should be able to listen to music in more places. Here’s a list of all the countries Spotify supports:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan.