Spotify Free Has Been Revamped; Ditches Skip Limit and Shuffle-to-Play
Spotify has announced some pretty substantial changes to its Free plan, adding some features that were originally only available to Premium users. This includes the suspension of the limited number of skips users can do while listening, effectively killing Spotify’s notoriously annoying “shuffle to play” compromise for free users.
This is all well and good, and at the very least a welcome change, but Spotify’s curious move indirectly forces Premium users to re-assess their subscriptions, seeing that beyond the ad-free listening experience, there is very little margin between Free and Premium users.
I’m sure Spotify has something up their sleeve, but for now, we’ll have to hold out hope that there’s some benefit for Premium users down the line too. If anything, too, more users will get to try more Spotify features, including a more extensive playlist creation feature and access to more on-demand playlists.
Here’s a quick lowdown on what’s new.
Spotify Free users now get access to fifteen new on-demand playlists that are chosen based on your listening history, including Daily Mixes and Discover Weekly. This includes an array of staple Spotify-curated playlists such as RapCaviar, Ultimate Indie, and Alternative R&B. What’s more, Free users can also easily create their own playlists from which they can pick and play any song with unlimited skipping.
Spotify seems to be doubling down on personalizing your listening experience. It’s putting forth a feature that has you “liking” or “hiding” songs that you like or not like. This informs the Spotify algorithm to make more accurate music suggestions the next time you hit play. Suggestions also prop up on playlist creation, which aids Free users in keeping themselves on the right track when creating their playlists.
Data Saver Mode
There’s also a new Data Saver Mode, which gives the users the ability to save mobile data when streaming music. To turn the feature on, simply tap the Settings gear icon and toggle the Data Saver Mode on.
All these features will roll out to free versions of Spotify on both Android and iOS in the coming weeks.