Last month we introduced you to App of the Month, Where we pick 2 apps, an App of the Month and a Runner-up.
We picked June’s App of the Month and now it’s time for June’s Runner-up App of the Month… and the winner of this title is… Spotify!
Spotify is a great music streaming service similiar to Grooveshark and Pandora. Their iPhone app was first available in August 2009 and they launched their iPad app just about a month ago in May. Spotify launched their new “Free Radio You Can Save” feature that’s let’s you discover and save music on the go. If the radio station plays a song you really like, you can save it with a single tap. This update led us to choose Spotify as the Runner-up app of the Month of June.
Budget-conscious music lovers, we’ve got some good news for you.
Streaming music service Spotify this morning announced it is launching an update for its iOS apps that will bring free mobile radio to the iPhone and iPad for U.S. users – a service that was first introduced for the desktop late last year. Until now, mobile access has been restricted to subscribers who pay $10 per month.
Similar to what’s offered by rival Pandora, the new Spotify radio feature for iOS lets users create streaming radio stations from Spotify’s catalog of more than 16 million tracks. The service, which comes with audio ads, lets users create playlists based on single songs, playlists, albums, or artists.
“Our focus has always been on creating an amazing user experience,” Charlie Hellman, vice president of product at Spotify, said in a statement. “The radio feature we’ve added to our iPhone and iPad apps gives users the ability to discover, listen and save what they like on the go — all within one app — for free.”
Users will be able to create an unlimited number of stations, and listen to songs as they like. Tracks that users “like” with a thumbs up will be saved for playback on computers later on.
Users can personalize stations in real-time by “liking” tracks to hear similar music, Spotify said. They’ll also be able browse friends’ playlists and create radio stations based on their tastes.
Paying users will not hear ads, and can skip an unlimited number of tracks; non-paying users can only skip an undetermined number of songs. The radio feature will also be available to paying members outside of the U.S.
You can get Spotify for free at the App Store by clicking here.