Spotify recently announced that anyone on an iOS or Android device can now use its mobile app free of charge. The free version of the app will be ad-supported. Up until now, you could only listen to Spotify for free on your computer, and only premium members who paid $10 a month could access the service through their mobile devices. While the tablet app works just like the desktop version – you’re able to pick specific tracks you want to hear – there’s a bit of a catch when it comes to the smartphone app. You can still access your playlists and music albums, but you have to listen randomly using a “Shuffle Play” button. It’s not like Pandora, where playing “Beyonce Radio” will play songs by Beyonce and other similar artists. You’ll only hear songs from the artist you choose. And, speaking of artists, Spotify also announced that Led Zeppelin’s catalog is now available to stream, and is – at least for the moment – exclusive to the service. Rock on!
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Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.