Back in June we first reported on T-Mobile’s new Music Freedom program, a perk for T-Mobile customers that makes music streaming from select apps exempt from using data. Originally this included support for iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, Slacker, Spotify and Samsung Milk.
Since then, T-Mobile has received some negative attention around its Music Freedom initiative, due to potential net neutrality concerns. For its part, T-Mobile says they do not receive any financial incentive from any of these apps and services and is doing this solely for customer benefit. T-Mobile also has made it clear that they will continue to add other music services to the list as time progresses, and today that includes the addition of Songza, Rdio, Grooveshark, AccuRadio, Black Planet and Radio Paradise.
For T-Mobile customers that aren’t concerned about net neutrality implications, the addition of many new music services is certainly great news. The only problem for hardcore Android fans? Despite tons of customer requests, Google Play Music still isn’t exempt from using data. T-Mobile claims they are working to add Play Music to its list of supported services later this year, though we have to wonder what’s taking so long.
What do you think of T-Mobile’s Music Freedom program? A good idea, or one that walks a fine line when it comes to net neutrality?