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Spotify gives free access to tablets and smartphones

Spotify is expanding its mobile presence with free access to its music catalogue on smartphones and tablets.

On tablets, all users (not just Premium subscribers) will find the same experience they encounter on the desktop. Smartphone users will be a tad more restricted, but can still access all their Spotify playlists.

Previously, non-paying Spotify users could only listen to Spotify Radio on the mobile apps. But now, they can discover new music, save, shuffle, and share.

In the mood to listen to Lady Gaga or Phil Collins without interruption from similar artists? Just search for a particular singer, hit "shuffle play," and listen to their entire catalogue.

If you'd rather discover new music, or are looking for inspiration at the gym or during Christmas tree trimming, visit the Browse option to find themed playlists (pictured), curated by Spotify employees for various moods, genres, and moments.

"Today we're giving people the best free music experience in the history of the smartphone and tablet," CEO Daniel Ek said in a statement. "Whether you're going to the gym, or having a party with friends. Just sit back and let Spotify serve you great music for every moment of your life."

Spotify opted to extend desktop features to the tablet because "unlike mobile devices, it turns out that tablets are becoming the new desktops," the company said. "Tablets are where people lean in, search and build playlists."

Spotify Premium, which runs £9.99 per month, provides commercial-free music with high-quality audio, and the ability to download and listen to tunes offline.

All Spotify users, however, can now get the Led out, thanks to a new partnership between the music-streaming company and legendary rock band Led Zeppelin. The group's Swan Song/Atlantic catalogue is now available exclusively on Spotify.

In a slow rollout, the first two albums (Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II) are online now. Each day through Saturday, two more albums will hit Spotify; on Sunday, the final six will be available, including the 2012 album Celebration Day.

Zeppelin's tunes, along with all of Spotify's new features, are now available in 20 additional global markets, including Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Malta, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Slovakia, and Uruguay, for a total of 55.

The new features are rolling out to Spotify's iOS and Android apps.