Spotify brings Pandora-like free streaming to Android

Users can create stations, save songs they like, and personalize the offering by rating tracks.

Spotify running on Android.
Spotify running on Android. Spotify

Spotify is bringing Android users into its Pandora-like free streaming service.

The company announced this morning that Android-based Spotify users can now create stations through its application and listen to "millions of songs" from the program. After creating stations and listening to tracks, users can customize what plays by giving a track a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down. In addition, users can save songs they like.

If this sounds familiar, it's because Pandora offers about the same functionality through its own service. And like Pandora, Spotify will play ads to nonpaying subscribers. Those who are Spotify Premium users will be able to listen to songs ad-free.

Spotify's free music service was brought to iOS last month . That application delivers the same functionality as the new Android app.

Spotify's app is available now in the Google Play store, for free.

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