T-Mobile adds six streaming services to Music Freedom program


T-Mobile announced its first expansion to the Music Freedom program, which sees the addition of six new streaming services — AccuRadio, Black Planet, Grooveshark, Radio Paradise, Rdio and Songza. The Un-carrier also announced that support for Google Play Music will be available later this year after the streaming service topped the charts as the most requested service in T-Mobile's social voting poll.

T-Mobile stated that since the launch of the Music Freedom program, there has been an increase in the number of songs streamed on its network to the tune of 5 million per day, and that nearly seven thousand terabytes of music has been streamed thus far. The addition of the six streaming services brings the total number of services that won't count toward your data allowance to 13:

  • AccuRadio
  • Black Planet
  • Grooveshark
  • iHeartRadio
  • iTunes Radio
  • Milk Music
  • Pandora
  • Radio Paradise
  • Rdio
  • Rhapsody
  • Slacker
  • Songza
  • Spotify

T-Mobile users, are there any other streaming services would you like to see added to the list?

Source: T-Mobile


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T-Mobile adds six streaming services to Music Freedom program


Kinda seems like a slap in the face, no?

I've been with TMO for 8+ years, maybe more.  More and more, I am feeling insulted by their lack of support for WP.  I'm just waiting for all of the new hardward that is about to come out.  From there, I no longer have any loyality to TMO, and I will go with the carrier that best supports my interestes. 

In the end it's really about you getting the device you want. I'd chase the device than the plan.

I don't get it. Is this a market share thing? Or is there some intentional snub to Microsoft? It seems like a bad business practice in general to snub anyone.

Ok ... Wtf about the damn live tile update I'm ready for that to come idc about no streaming services since Xbox music is the main topic of this heinous news

You haven't been paying attention then. The updates over the last few months, coming every two weeks, have made DRAMATIC improvements to the XMB app on WP.

Prior to the last few updates, I'd have agreed with you but now the app is actually usable. The scrolling is a little slow at times but otherwise the it has been vastly improved and the playlist bug has been fixed, at least it is for me. That said, if you need another good player for your music you can try Listen or QuickPlay.

Wouldn't hurt to have X-Box music. It's such a small market share that they probably woudn't even notice the hit and it would toss their WP users a bone for a change.

Unbelieveable, the last I checked on the stats for this competition to add services Xbox was leading by a mile. Yet when they add the services, Xbox Music is no where to be found! What a joke, the resistance to Microsoft products is undeniable in almost any area you want to talk about.

It was at first, but when I checked later it wasn't. So they may not be resistant to MS products. (Or it was rigged and they are.)

Maybe T-Mo was concerned with the top two (Google Play and xBox Music) consuming much more usage and they used that as to which services NOT to add to the list.

BTW, when I checked last Google Play gained a rediculous lead over xBox Music. Which smells fishy to me but it is what it is.

When this poll first came out didn't we get XBox music to the top for a while? I mean, I've never heard of some of the services.

I figured it would. But you would think such a strong showing for XBox music, which I think Legere even tweeted about, would make it be one of the ones added. It's not like they just added 2 services, they added 6! Do they have to come to some sort of agreement with the service?

"Do they have to come to some sort of agreement with the service?"

Yes. The poll was about which services they should contact about getting added. I'm guessing they haven't reached an agreement with Xbox Music for whatever reason.

What possible objection could Microsoft have to allowing T-Mobile to offer their customers unlimited streaming of XBox Music? That would be counter productive to their goals in any imaginable discussion they could have. My guess is that just like always there is some serious bias lurking just under the covers that anyone and everyone at TMO would deny if questioned about it.

Yea I agree with you 100% cheap phones and no xbox music streams. Get better windows phones and give us the free streams for both xbox music and Mix Radio.

Agreed! Still on my L925 sitting on my JUMP upgrade because they haven't come out with anything worth upgrading to.

That's what happens when T-Mobile abandons the tenants of net neutrality and starts picking winners and losers themselves.

If they were as altruistic as their marketing wants to make them out to be they would have just raised the throttled limit to something that could stream audio reliably.  That way everyone could have participated from the beginning, even services T-Mobile wasn't aware of.  But sadly they had a different agenda.....

Thank you sir, Nailed it right on the head. But where is Microsoft while all of this is going on? Any protest? Any payoff ala Netflix? No. Unless they're working on their own network in the background like Google is, they're simply letting wp8 it's eat shit.

Surprise Xbox music is still not there. With the biggest catalogue and a great all you can eat price, I was sure it would be included already.

The poll was about which services they should contact about getting added. I'm guessing they haven't reached an agreement with Xbox Music for whatever reason.

Uhhhhhhhhh...... Where is news about Xbox music update at ???? All this irrelevant news on WP central and not no damn news about any near Xbox music app updates ...where are the damn live tiles that's what I'm really waiting on yo hhhhhhhhh crazy shiet

Dear Mr. Legere,

What is the purpose of the poll if Xbox Music is not part of your new service? The last time we looked at it, Xbox Music was way ahead of the competition.

The purpose of the Poll was marketing.  They don't really care about the results, just that people voted and were tracked voting.  The services they choose are the ones that give concessions, plain and simple.

I'd love if this service came to AT&T. They have been late to adopt new services and promos...so maybe one day it'll come.

"This is the most insidious type of net neutrality violation, because it’s being pitched as a benefit. Most users stand to gain from the free data, so they may not even care about the slippery slope they’re on."
"T-Mobile tries hard to look like it’s putting an arm over your shoulder, but “music freedom” is actually more of a stranglehold."
-Jared Newman, TIME Magazine.


I remember you and I were pretty much the only ones complaining repeatedly about this when they announced it. I still think it's a terrible idea. But the extortion might work eventually.

Here is a quote from Chris Ziegler at the Verge that gives a good perspective:

So while T-Mobile's move will be perceived as an altruistic and competitive one — "Music should have no limits," Legere says — it's important to look at this as a domino, a seemingly innocuous tile that's rocking back and forth. At the end of that long domino line lies a weird, broken, disjoint place that looks nothing like the internet we know today.

Lumia 925 user here but I get what happened. There are soooo many more Android users out there that even the #5 music player on Android has more users than Windows Phone Xbox Music. The fact that T-Mobile doesn't support or carry any Windows Phones makes supporting the OS and users irrelevant compared to all the Android customers. Of the 50 million customers on Tmo I'd guess that at least 30 million are Android, 15 million are IPhone and the rest are split over Windows, Blackberry and "other".

"The fact that T-Mobile doesn't support or carry any Windows Phones makes supporting the OS and users irrelevant compared to all the Android customers. "

This is true, but Xbox Music is available on Android as well, I believe.

But you're absolutely right that it's irrelevant for T-Mobile.

Do you think GPlay and Xmusic are bigger services and thus they're adding the smaller ones first now to see how they handle bandwidth?