More music discovery freedom for Free tier subscribers
As anticipated in previous rumors, Spotify has relaunched the Free tier with a few features originally available to Premium subscribers. These include having more freedom in discovering music and improved algorithms for Daily Mix, Discover Weekly, and Release Radar.
Starting today, those using the Free tier can choose up to 15 playlists (or about 40 hours of music) and listen to them on demand, giving them the freedom to choose what music to listen to. This means that Spotify is removing the five songs skip limit for those under the Free tier—though ads will remain.
In addition, Spotify added a few added features to improve playlist curation. These include “assisted playlisting”—where Spotify suggests songs based on your playlist curation, and the ability to preview songs before adding them to a curated playlist. With these new changes for the Free tier, Spotify has decided to remove the radio tap from the app.
“We know that it’s the only way we’re going to achieve our goal of getting billions of fans on the plan,” Spotify Chief R&D Officer Gustav Söderström said during the press conference in Manhattan.
Aside from changes for the Free tier, Spotify introduces a data saver option, which aims to save as much as 75% data when enabled. This new feature aims to give the best possible streaming while not being heavy on data. With this new function, this helps Spotify be more accessible to everyone, especially to those who do not have an unlimited data plan.