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Spotify launches free radio service for iOS users in the U.S.

News by Dan Seifert on Tuesday June 19, 2012.

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Spotify Radio on the iPhone
Spotify Radio on the iPhone

Streaming music service Spotify announced today that it is launching a new radio feature for its iOS app. The new option will allow free Spotify users to stream music to their handsets without having to sign up for a premium subscription.

The key difference between the new radio feature and Spotify's premium streaming services is that the radio service does not offer music on demand. Other than that, it is virtually the same thing, complete with social integration, unlimited listening, and personalized stations. Free users will have a limited number of song skips available, and will be presented with ads. As usual, premium users will not have to listen to ads and can skip as many tracks as their hearts desire. One neat feature is the ability to start a station on one device, and pick it up on another, such as moving from an iPhone to an iPad.

The updated Spotify app with the radio feature will be available in the iTunes App Store today. Spotify says that it plans to bring the service to other major platforms, so we will likely see it on the Android version of the app in the near future.

Update: The new Spotify app is available in the iTunes App Store now.

source: Spotify, via: Engadget

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