Spotify expected to offer mobile music for free
By Nicole Kobie
Posted on 6 Dec 2013 at 08:53
Spotify is reportedly set to offer an ad-supported, free version of its streaming-music service for mobiles devices.
At the moment, using Spotify on a tablet or smartphone requires a subscription at £10 a month, though there's been an ad-supported version on desktop since the streaming service launched.
Now, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Spotify will offer an ad-supported mobile version too, after sources told the newspaper that Spotify had reached licensing deals with three music firms.
The report suggested the negotiations have been ongoing for a year, with discussions about how much music labels will earn out of the free option and whether users will be able to pick which songs they hear.
The mobile ad-supported version will be different from the rest of Spotify in that users will only be able to play a limited number of songs of their own choosing, with the rest coming as a radio station based on their preferences.
Spotify said it wouldn't comment on the report.
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