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Spotify’s new version enables mobile listeners to control more over playlists

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Thanks to an updated version of the app, free users of Spotify could benefit from premium account features.

The update is said to be designed to make the service easier to use in a bid to boost subscribers after launching on the stock market last week. 

Mobile users with free plans will be able to access playlists faster and have greater control over how they listen to music on playlists, sources say.

At the moment, the free plan prevents users from selecting tracks from a playlist. Instead, they have to find their favorite tunes on shuffle.

Plans to improve the service are still unveiled, with the latest report coming from Bloomberg, who cited unnamed industry sources.

Whilst it will still feature adverts, the updated version will more closely resemble the experience of a paid subscription, insiders say.

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Spotify currently operates a two-tier system - premium and free.

Premium is a subscription-based service, where users pay a monthly fee for no adverts and increased song choice freedom.

Currently, Spotify charges £9.99 ($9.99) a month for the premium service, which also lets you to listen to albums from start to finish.

Users who opt for the free option can't listen to every song in Spotify's library and have to make do with playlists and songs on shuffle.

Although about 90 per cent of the company's revenue is generated from the premium service, the paid version accounts for less than half of Spotify's customer base.

At the end of 2017, Spotify had 157 million users around the world, 71 million of whom were paid subscribers. By the end of this year, the number of users is expected to reach 200 million, about 96 million of whom are paid subcribers.

An exact timeline for this update has not revealed yet, but there exist rumours that a big announcement could be made on April 24.

Media representatives have been invited to the  event but no official news could tell what would be launched.

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