Spotify has just reworked its free version, which means you'll get more than ever without having to pay anything ̵
1; (some) on-demand playlists on mobile, unlimited spips (on some playlists), and personalized recommendations to better reflect your tastes. Does Spotify Premium make it a waste of money?
We've launched the redesigned Spotify app on iOS to take a look at the new features on the phone and compare them with 9.99 per month subscription. As for the desktop apps, not much has changed, but do not worry, we've also covered the few changes that are there.
Spotify on Mobile
Here are the most changes in Free-Animal are centered. Specifically, Spotify creates 15 personalized playlists for each non-paying user, generated automatically from what you've heard, what you favored and what you told Spotify.
These 15 playlists – including your daily and weekly mixes, as well as tedious playlists related to your favorite music genres – have abolished many of the usual mobile device restrictions on the phone. You can not choose what's in those playlists (apart from suggesting artists and songs), but you can play them through in any order and skip an unlimited number of songs.
Your usual playlists that you created yourself can only be mixed on mobile devices. So you can choose exactly which songs you want to hear, but not in what order – and you can only search for the desired track six times an hour. These playlists are marked with a blue shuffle icon throughout the mobile app.
Spotify also adds titles with smart recommendations to this playlist. Go into shuffle mode and you may find songs you've never put in these playlists (though they're probably from the same or very similar artists).
Internet radio and services like the free version of Pandora are another option, even if you get the taste of human DJs and coded algorithms, rather than being able to hire the titles you like actually want to hear.
While Spotify Premium remains a clear shortcut over Spotify Free, the free level remains one of the best places for a huge music catalog that costs you nothing to listen to. As for the range of music and features offered for free, it's only true competitors like Deezer and YouTube who make Google's plans even more interesting.