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Shelly Palmer Radio Report – December 18, 2013

Spotify recently announced that anyone on an iOS or Android device can now use its mobile app free of charge. The free version of the app will be ad-supported. Up until now, you could only listen to Spotify for free on your computer, and only premium members who paid $10 a month could access the service through their mobile devices. While the tablet app works just like the desktop version – you’re able to pick specific tracks you want to hear – there’s a bit of a catch when it comes to the smartphone app. You can still access your playlists and music albums, but you have to listen randomly using a “Shuffle Play” button. It’s not like Pandora, where playing “Beyonce Radio” will play songs by Beyonce and other similar artists. You’ll only hear songs from the artist you choose. And, speaking of artists, Spotify also announced that Led Zeppelin’s catalog is now available to stream, and is – at least for the moment – exclusive to the service. Rock on!

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.