Earlier this summer, as part of Uncarrier 6.0, T-Mobile CEO John Legere, announced that they were going to not count data used by certain music streaming apps against your data cap. Which got plenty of people excited. I mean think about it, your app that uses the most data is likely a music app. Whether it’s Google Play Music, Spotify, or another one. And for that to not count against your data is huge. Legere also announced at that event that customers could vote on which services the magenta carrier would add next. And to no one’s surprise, Google Play Music All Access was at the top of the list. However, that was not added in this round, for whatever reason.
Prior to today, only iHeart Radio, iTunes Radio, Pandora, Rhapsody, Samsung Milk, Slacker and Spotify were included. But now we also have AccuRadio, Black Planet, Grooveshark, Radio Paradise, Rdio and Songza. With Google Play Music All Access coming later this year. We now have 13 music streaming apps that won’t count against your data cap, but there’s more coming.
“When the big ‘carriers’ look at music, they see an opportunity to use someone’s passion to make a buck. When the Un-carrier looks at music, we see an opportunity to set customers free from the tolls and limitations those carriers impose,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “Our goal is nothing less than to set all your music free, and we’re well on our way.”
It’ll be interesting to see what else T-Mobile adds to the list of apps that don’t count against your data limit. I know the Play Store and YouTube are big ones for me as well, and if those didn’t count, that’d be amazing. Same with Dropbox and to an extent, Google+, if you have your photos auto-backing up. How many of you are surprised that T-Mobile didn’t add Google Play Music even though it was at the top of the list?