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Popular music streaming startup Spotify has brought free Pandora-like radio streaming to its Android app, the company announced today.
Spotify just celebrated its one-year anniversary of launching in the U.S., with Americans listening to more than 13 billion songs so far. On the radio front, Spotify has offered its own personalized radio service inside the Spotify desktop application since mid-May and added it to its iPhone and iPad apps in June.
What’s so good about offering radio on Android is that both free and premium Spotify users can take part. Previously, free Spotify users had no reason to use the Android app because you have to cough up $10 a month to stream whatever songs you wanted. Now, free Spotify users with Android phones can get some use of the mobile experience. Free users will have advertisements and not have unlimited skips, but premium users will have no ads and unlimited skips.
“The radio feature we’ve added to our Android app gives users the ability to discover, listen, like, and save tracks on the go — for free,” Spotify product manager Donovan Sung told us via email.
Check out the Spotify radio app on Android below:
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