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Spotify Brings Radio to Android


Look out, Pandora.

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL Popular music service Spotify recently announced its mobile radio edition is now available for Android (GOOG) users. Spotify radio was available to iOS (AAPL) users mid-June.

Spotify, which currently has over 15 million active users, allows customers to stream any of the millions of tracks in its library free of cost.

If you want to avoid occasional ad interruptions, however, you'll have to shell out $4.99 per month for an unlimited account, which features unlimited playback, no advertisements, and free mobile radio, or $9.99 per month for a premium account, which features all of the above as well as offline streaming capabilities and the "full mobile experience," meaning that you can download your Spotify library directly to your smartphone.

The mobile radio service is the same as the one on your desktop: There's no charge to listen so long as you don't mind ads. Paying the premium fee allows you to enjoy the service ad-free.

Similar to Pandora (P), Spotify radio lets users create stations based on a certain artist, album, or genre of music. Users can give songs they like a "thumbs up," and Spotify will save these songs to a "Liked from Radio" playlist. You can also skip songs you don't want to listen to; Spotify learns not to play them ago.

The idea behind this move is to convert customers to paid premium accounts. Of the current 15 million active users, about 4 million pay for premium accounts.
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