Spotify's revamped free tier has gone live with new features and will be hitting users on mobile devices across Android and iOS over the coming days and weeks. Spotify has always offered a free tier that was supported by ads, but it will now focus more on providing the free tier users with a listening experience that has a more tailored and personalized feel to it, as Spotify wants all of its users to have a better experience with the service from the moment they sign up.
The new features include a collection of additional on-demand playlists that will allow users to discover music while possible getting to listen to some favorite tracks from bands and artists they already know. There are fifteen new on-demand playlists to choose from, which will be curated based on your personal tastes and music that you like to listen to so it feels like the songs were specifically chosen for what it is that you prefer. What's more is that on-demand playlists now allow users to skip as many times as they like and songs can be played in any order so users have quite a bit of control over what they listen to and when.
If you've never used Spotify before getting specially-curated playlists is still possible as Spotify will continue to ask users about the music they like to listen to from the genres that get them going to the artists that they can't live without. Users can then find these playlists on the home screen of the app, though it's important to note that the playlists won't always be the same. To ensure that users are always getting a fresh experience with music whenever they open Spotify to stream it, the playlists on the home screen will change based on music that users listen to, so although things are likely to be different from time to time it will still be based on personal tastes. Users can also improve the chosen music that pops up by "liking" and "hiding" songs. There's also a new data saver option that can be enabled which, as the name of the feature suggests will use less data to stream music by optimizing the listening experience for users, which will be beneficial to anyone who has a limited amount of high speed data on their mobile plan every month. If you're a current Spotify user the new changes may have already been applied, but they could still take some time to show up so you'll want to keep an eye out.