Spotify Expands + Free!

In a long-awaited announcement, Spotify expanded its free streaming option for mobile devices on Wednesday. At an event in downtown Manhattan, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said the latest features allow for the best free music experience in smartphone history.
Spotify updated its iOS and Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) Android apps on Wednesday, allowing smartphone and tablet users to access free music through Spotify’s “Shuffle Play” feature. Shuffle Play allows users to listen to their playlists, their friend’s playlists, or a catalog of an artist’s music, but Spotify will only play those songs in a random order. To listen to the songs in the order of your choosing, you’ll still need to upgrade to premium service.

“Mobile users listen to music on shuffle,” Ek said. “In order for Spotify to really go mobile. we made this new product free.” Ek says enabling free mobile access will drive more adoption and encourage people to upgrade for the service. “The more music you play, the more you’re likely to pay,” he said.

In addition, Spotify announced that legendary rock band Led Zeppelin’s music is now available for streaming and they have also announced an expansion into new territories bringing the total territories in which you can find Spotify to 55. The territories include: 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.

Not delivering your music to Spotify? Join today and start delivering!