Android devices get Spotify streaming radio app

Spotify has unveiled a new free radio app for Android device owners on the Google Play Store, bringing the same streaming radio the online music service first launched for PCs to smartphones and tablets running Google's mobile operating system.

All US users will be able to use the radio function for free, but subscribers based in other countries will only be able to access it if they have premium accounts, Spotify said. Premium accounts cost £9.99 per month and offer ad-free streams. A similar mobile radio app was released for Apple's iOS devices in June.

The Android service provides access to Spotify's entire catalogue of some 16 million songs and allows users to create "stations" based on individual artists, albums, or playlists, the company said.

Users can also "save" a song that they want to play later by giving it a thumbs up in the app, which then includes the song in a "Liked from Radio" playlist that's accessible through desktop versions of Spotify.

As with the streaming radio app for iOS, Spotify's Android app is an effort on the company's part to better compete with rival Pandora with an offering that expands on Spotify's core free-trial marketing model.