This week T-Mobile is bringing the heat with an extension on their Music Freedom service which allows users to stream music without added data costs. That means that the music service you use to stream music – the app that probably uses the MOST data on your device – will no longer be counted against your data costs for the month with T-Mobile. This is a service that no other mobile carrier offers at this time – not on the ground, that is to say.
Both iTunes Radio and Spotify have already been a part of Music Freedom along with Rhapsody, Pandora, AccuRadio, Black Planet, Grooveshark, iHeartRadio, Samsung Milk Music, Radio Paradise, Rdio, Slacker, and Songza. Today’s announcement from T-Mobile adds on another 14 services. The following services have been added this week:
• Google Play Music
• Xbox Music
• Digitally Imported
• Fit Radio
• Fresca Radio
• Mad Genius Radio
Google Play Music – the subscriber model, at least – was chosen as the most popular service subscribers to T-Mobile wanted added to their Music Freedom service after the first announcement was made earlier this year.
T-Mobile also notes that this service includes streaming music, not downloads or non-audio content. “Music streaming not counted towards data allotment on T-Mobile’s network,” suggests their notes, “downloads, video content, & non-audio content excluded.” You’ll also need to listen to this music on a smartphone or tablet ON the device, not through devices that are tethered or working with a T-Mobile hotspot: “Data rates apply to Smartphone Mobile HotSpot service & tethered devices.”
T-Mobile also mentioned today that the number of customers using their mobile data to stream music each day has jumped upward 300% since Music Freedom was announced earlier this year. That’s a whopper of a difference, to be sure.