no longer a free service

8 February 2011 will no longer be streaming music for free to mobile users so now, you're going to have to cough-up coins for it.

"On the website an ad-supported, free-to-listeners model is what supports our online radio services in the US, UK and Germany," said product vice-president Matthew Hawn in a post on the blog.

"In other markets and on emerging mobile and home entertainment devices, it is not practical for us to deliver an ad supported radio experience, but instead, we will migrate to what we believe is the highest quality, lowest cost ad-free music service in the world," he added.

Subscribing to will cost you £3 a month, which is considerably cheaper than subscribing to Spotify. Spotify charges users £9.99 for a subscription that provides mobile access and the ability to listen to music when offline.'s radio-style system doesn't allow users to pick and choose which tracks they want to hear, which means that those willing to pay a subscription may think that it'll be worth stumping up the extra money to subscribe to Spotify or, indeed, rely on loading up smartphones with MP3s acquired elsewhere.

"You’ll see that this change brings us in line with other music services that already charge you to listen to music on mobile devices," Hawn said.

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  • grex9101
    Why not just put ads in, the same as the xbox360 version? I've stopped using it anyway, it's been getting worse - stuttery or cutting out completely. Shame.
  • maxtweenie
    Bastards. Another app I shall remove from my phone.
  • DragonChris
    +1 to the above. A pity... I didn't use it often but good when I did. At least the site is still free!
  • Tom
    Just go on the website with your phone?
  • rara
    i never found it worked very well...Spotify is really so much better. drove me mad!
  • Versace s.
    ... That is a good idea - althouh in an ideal world I would not have to stick in connexions into my provender to the post....

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