At a press conference today, Spotify founder Daniel Ek announced that the popular music streaming service will be getting a free tier for Android and iOS users. Naturally, to make it different from the paid version, it will be limited to the most basic features. Namely, you will be able to pick an artist or playlist and hear a stream of shuffled tracks, but not much more than that. Playing a specific song, browsing albums or queueing tracks will not be possible, but in exchange you will get six skips per hour. The service is ad-supported, which means that every few songs you'll hear a short advertisement or two. It's kind of like your normal radio station, but you have control of the artist or playlist.
If you own an iPad or an Android tablet, you will be happy to know that Spotify's new offering will bring more features to your device. It will mimic the desktop and browser version and allow you to choose an album or song and listen to it on demand, with ads being played every now and then.
Spotify has updated its mobile apps with a giant shuffle button for free users and compatibility with the newly launched service. You can download them now from Apple AppStore and Google Play Store for free.