T-Mobile has added more than 10 additional music streaming services to cell phone carrier’s Music Freedom program.
Program users with Simple Choice, Pay in Advance and other standard plans can stream music from any of the participating services without cutting into their available data.
The program will not work if users are roaming or are streaming through a Mobile Hotspot or have been tethered
Some of the more notable additions of the group include Google Play Music, Soundcloud and Xbox Music. However, there are several noted exclusions that could keep the telecommunications giant from attaining its key goal of getting every single music streaming service. For instance, Google’s YouTube Music Key has not been included in the service. And, Apple’s newly acquired Beats Music has yet to be added after the AT&T partnership dissolved.
When the cell phone carrier announced it was starting the Music Freedom Program in June, it had an array of music streaming services like Pandora, iHeartRadio, iTunes, Beatport, Samsung Milk, Spotify and Rhapsody.
T-Mobile is also providing some clearness on details of how the services are chosen to participate in the program. T-Mobile said there was no paid prioritization or backroom deals from any of the music streaming services to be included in the company’s “Music Freedom” program.
The T-Mobile service has raised some questions regarding net-neutrality and T-Mobile’s ability to be the “gatekeeper” of the stream music services. With T-Mobile choosing a number of well-known players at start-up, it made it harder for smaller, niche services to participate while attempting to reach out to its 49.1 million customers.
T-Mobile’s Music Freedom includes the following music streaming services:
- Black Planet
- Digitally Imported (electronic dance)
- Fit Radio (great for the gym)
- Fresca Radio (Caribbean, Hispanic and Latin music)
- Google Play Music
- iTunes Radio
- Mad Genius Radio
- Radio Paradise
- Rdio (This was not initially in the program, but it currently is)
- Samsung Milk Music
- Xbox Music
T-Mobile said it wants the program to continue expanding and support all streaming services.
Since the program launched in the summer, the amount of T-Mobile customers streaming music every day has increased 300 percent with 200 terabytes of information each day.