Free is always good! Spotify is now allowing you to listen to music for free since they’re now getting an ad-supported mobile version similar to Pandora. So if you’re familiar with Spotify, for mobile access you had to have a paid subscription. According to CEO Daniel Ek, getting the rights for free mobile streaming wasn’t an easy thing to negotiate, so Spotify had to get rid of the possibility that you’re going to be searching for individual songs, so the mobile app has you listening to shuffled playlists instead. They came up with their Shuffle Play, which is similar to Nokia’s MixRadio. So really, you can’t listen to a specific song outside of the shuffle unless you become a paid subscriber.
So all you’ll do is listen to a shuffled listing of existing artists you’re interested in hearing. But one positive thing is that you’ll be able to shuffle play the playlists you’ve made somewhere else. Meaning you can shuffle play stuff that you have starred already and there’s no other service that lets you do that for free on a smartphone. Also, you’re required to have about 20 songs (in playback time) in one of your playlists before you can shuffle play for free. More big news from Spotify is that they’re the first legal streaming music service to have Led Zeppelin. Last year they got Metallica and are pleased to provide listeners with Led Zeppelin, with the first two records appearing today and more in the coming by next week.