Internet Killed the Radio Star

Spotify’s Free Streaming for Smartphones Will Only Work on Shuffle

Convenient if you lost your iPod Shuffle at the gym six years ago.
 CEO Daniel Elk. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

CEO Daniel Ek. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

We were excited about Spotify’s announcement today that they’ll soon offer free streaming on smartphones, providing a whole new avenue for America to enjoy embarrassing music.

Sadly, though, our dreams of listening to “Purple Rain” over and over and over again for free on our way to work were dashed when we learned that the service will only be available in shuffle mode.

Spotify Free will let you pick an artist or playlist and hear their tracks shuffled on your smartphone, The Verge reports. That means you have to endure the entire Katy Perry catalog at random if you want to listen to “Roar.”

Or you could just pay about a buck for it on iTunes, but didn’t we all download Spotify to avoid that?

The Spotify desktop experience will now be available on tablets, though, TechCrunch reports, and we will be really mad if walking around clutching a giant iPad with headphones plugged into it becomes a thing.

“We’re giving people the best free music experience in the history of the smartphone,” CEO Daniel Ek said at a presser in New York City today. You can’t really argue with that, unless you take into account how easy it is to download pirated music and load it onto your iPhone for free.

Not that Betabeat would ever do that.

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