Spotify Announces Dramatic Overhaul for Free Service Featuring On-Demand Music

Spotify Announces Dramatic Overhaul for Free Service Featuring On-Demand Music

If you are using Spotify on a computer or a tablet, the free version will still allow you unlimited access to Spotify's entire music library, as well as the ability to create playlists, but you can no longer download songs for offline use. Sixty percent - or more than 40 million - of Spotify's current premium subscribers started out as users on the free tier, he said. And finally, Spotify has created a new Data Saver feature to let you listen to music without emptying your data bucket. It will also impact the battery less. Paid users get full access to Spotify's entire catalog, on-demand, without ads.

"The free experience on Spotify is becoming a lot more like Spotify Premium", said Babar Zafar, vice president of product development, during Tuesday's Spotify presentation in NY.

Instead of simply cracking down on restriction-dodging tactics, Spotify has chose to vastly improve the platform's unpaid experience, which may seem like a counterintuitive method of boosting those all-important "Premium" subscriber numbers.

Spotify will now ask users to select at least five of their favorite artists so that it can generate personalized song suggestions.

Over the years, Spotify has put a considerable amount of focus on the features and design of the paid version of Spotify, letting the free tier wallow in the state it debuted in back in 2014.

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The previous Browse and Search sections have been rolled into a single new Search section with more visually attractive categories for essentials like top charts, new releases, genres, etc. There are a number of cool upgrades too, for instance, a feature that offers live recommendations to users as they make their own customized playlists.

Spotify is adding some bells and whistles to its free app. This made the premium version of Spotify more appealing.

According to a new report from TechCrunch, users can now pick and play songs in any order from 15 of Spotify's personalized discover playlists.

He compared the service's free tier to broadcast radio in the 1990s, and how it drove business to record stores. At an event in New York City, Spotify revealed its new-look app, which includes a better experience for those on the free tier. With a flip of a switch, users will be able to use up to 75 percent less data when streaming over 3G, Zafar said.

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