T-Mobile adds 6 services to Music Freedom, Google Play coming later

T-Mobile adds 6 services to Music Freedom, Google Play coming later
Back in June, T-Mobile announced a new program called Music Freedom, which would allow the use of certain music streaming services without having that data count towards your monthly allotment. When the plan launched, T-Mobile also started a poll to allow users to vote on what other music services it wanted to be added to the plan, and now we're getting the first update based on that voting.

T-Mobile has announced that starting today, six new music streaming services – AccuRadio, Black Planet, Grooveshark, Radio Paradise, Rdio and Songza - will all be included in Music Freedom, so data from those services will not count towards your monthly bill. Oddly though, despite the fact that Google Play Music was the number one most requested service in the almost 750,000 votes tallied, T-Mobile won't be adding that to the program until "later this year". There is no explanation as to why there is a delay with Play Music, but we can't help wonder if maybe T-Mobile wants to do a bigger announcement and include YouTube Music Key after that is officially launched. 

Of course, while it is nice to have services not count towards your data cap, T-Mobile's Music Freedom plans have raised concerns from Net Neutrality activists. Although this plan is essentially good for consumers, it does set a bad precedent of carriers treating certain data differently from others, and could lead to troubling practices in the future. 

source: T-Mobile



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'm still a little disappointed that grandfathered unlimited data users don't get Rhapsody for free. This is one one of the few things I kind of dislike about T-Mobile...

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Obviously a deal has to be worked out with Google as the bandwidth demand is probably a lot higher than any of those other services. This "Music Freedom" program, while good for customers, appears to be some sort of "pay to play" scheme. Music providers pay so their customers can listen as much as they want.

3. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I think this needs to be stopped. It violates net neutrality, and only some services are covered. So, it gives the companies part of the program an edge over those who aren't. How about make just one plan, which is unlimited everything. Even though it won't happen, it should

4. gregoryyy3 unregistered

It's actually pretty cool that Tmobile is doing this for their customers so shut up

5. YourNickname

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

It does not violate net neutrality. You dont understand the term and youre twisting it. And no, making unlimited everything shouldnt happen, because it already did, called their unlimited data plan. You really dont know what youre talking about. Dont be thatguy.

6. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I am a t-mo customer. It is crap. it prioritizes some services over others, thus unfair. and I have their unlimited data plan, so it is redundant to me. doing this is just a unfair business practice to those not included. and after this started, Pandora`s bit rate has gone done and the quality has become terrible.

8. tyger11

Posts: 297; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

It does not prioritize some services over others; they still operate at the same speed. This does not violate Net Neutrality. I'm not surprised people are confused, though; reporting on Net Neutrality is pretty terrible. If you had to pay to get extra speed, then yeah, that would be a violation. This isn't effecting performance, only cost, which is not the same thing. Take for example, Verizon, deliberately slowing down Netflix until Netflix coughed up cash. THAT is a violation.

9. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Not true, say I have a 5GB plan and have reached my limit. If I use Play Music my speeds will be throttled as I'm over my limit and cannot use LTE. Now if I use Grooveshark instead then I still get my LTE non-throttled speeds since that specific app does not count towards my data. Seems prioritized if you ask me and there can a will be instanced there the WILL NOT operate at the same speed.

14. genkidama20

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

While partially true, you're grasping at straws because you're stuck on idealism. You can't talk about net neutrality without talking about economics. The fear is that companies will push you towards products by forcing you with bandwidth limits. They are not forcing you to go with Grooveshark. You paid for 5GB, so you can use all of that on Google Play if you wanted. But, after your 5GB is up, T-Mo has NO OBLIGATION to offer you anything beyond that. The fact that they are offering "free" services OUTSIDE of the paid amount does not violate net neutrality. They are actually doing you a huge favor and you are getting MORE than your monies worth. I think some folks are just blinded by idealism. If you want to label free stuff (i.e., bonuses, perks, benefits) as net neutrality violations, then your going down a slippery slope. Also, the fact that they are allowing their users to vote on services speaks for itself.

7. gregoryyy3 unregistered

The switch carriers and stop complaining? But know that once you switch you won't have unlimited and streaming music will eat your precious data

10. chuongster

Posts: 33; Member since: May 13, 2012

Their service still suck and I live in Dallas.

13. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Which part of Dallas are you in, because all the parts of Dallas I'm at are pretty great except maybe some spots in the Garland area.

11. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

MixRadio free offline music FTW on all carriers!

12. mooreokteacher

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 02, 2013

I will admit that Tmo has coverage issues. I will also admit that they are doing great things. I am willing to randomly have "rare" dead spots for all their uncarrier moves. The network is growing and can only get better. Keep it coming Tmo.

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