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Spotify Premium gets Radio for iPhone and iPad

How will Pandora top this? Spotify's artist and playlist radio feature escapes its desktop confines to roam free

You might have seen murmurings around the interwebs today of free Spotify streaming to your iPhone and iPad – sadly, that’s just for Americans. If you’re based elsewhere, you’ll still have to stump up for mobile music – for the time being.

But it’s not all bad news: anyone with a Premium Spotify sub and an iOS device can now access the previously desktop-only Radio feature. The update is expected to hit the App Store in the next couple of days, while Android support is due in a few weeks. 

Like other artist radio services, you’ll have the entire Spotify catalogue at your disposal. Stations can be created based on artists, albums or playlists with skippable tracks. If you give an individual track a ‘thumbs up’ it will automatically save to a ‘Liked from Radio’ playlist so it doesn’t disappear into the rock n’ roll ether – plus Spotify will pay attention to your tastes and refine the radio accordingly over time.

As for free Radio streaming on mobile, Spotify says it’s aiming ‘to bring a free mobile radio service to Spotify users in all countries over time, subject to licensing’. So US users can stream on-the-go Spotify Radio if they’re willing to put up with limited skips and ads. Bring it over here, then.

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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