Spotify's updated free tier brings on-demand music to everyone

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Free tier users will be limited to 15 on-demand playlists in any order and skip as many songs as they want.

The on-demand playlists will be unique to you, based on your tastes, and Spotify gave examples including RapCaviar and Viva Latino, Ultimate Indie and Alternative R&B.

The last new feature that Spotify announced with its revamped experience is a low-data mode called "data saver". It will also impact the battery less. According to Spotify chief research and development office Gustav Soderstrom, increasing the features for free users will earn the service more fans.

Spotify says it had 71 million subscribers at the end of 2017 but that another 90 million used the free service. That compares to Apple Music's 40 million paid subscribers (Apple offers a three month trial but no free tier).

Included in the 15 playlists is Spotify's popular "Discover Weekly" feature, which is a personalized playlists based on your interests.

Spotify will now ask users to select at least five of their favorite artists so that it can generate personalized song suggestions.

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Spotify's free tier now offers access to shuffled playlists, but on-demand playback is kept behind the Premium paid tier.

Mobile phone with Spotify Music service in the screen and white earphones on a black vinyl record.

The update will be available on iOS and Android and will be rolling out globally in the coming weeks.

The revamped Spotify free tier that was announced today is very much the same redesign that IBTimes reported nearly a week ago. The company said users can reduce mobile data usage by up to 75 percent using this setting.

It's worth noting that no one at the MobileSyrup office has been able to download the updated version of Spotify yet. But in even bigger news, Free on Spotify will now let you create your own playlists.

Premium Spotify customers were left like a shag on a rock paying for a service while all the improvements went to freeloaders, there was also mention of new high res audio services. South Africans were able to get the free service from the moment the signed up, making them some of the first in the world to do so. "The new app also simplifies things like saving songs; instead of tapping the "···" next to a song to open up a list of options (save, add to playlist, share, etc.), there's now a heart icon.

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