Germany: T-Mobile to launch Spotify flatrate for mobile customers

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 30, 2012
Updated • Dec 3, 2012
Music, Music and Video

To stream music on your mobile phone, you not only need a phone capable of doing so, but also a fast enough connection to make the experience enjoyable, and a sharp eye on your phone's data usage if you plan does not include unlimited data transfers, or if you are automatically limited once you reach a certain threshold. While you could limit the music streaming to times when you are connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi, it is limiting your experience as well. Some services allow you to store music temporarily on the device so that you can listen to music while you are on the go.

Germany provider T-Mobile announced a new cooperation with the Spotify music streaming service today that provides T-Mobile subscribers with an option to listen to streaming music for as long as they want without having to pay attention to the phone's data usage.

T-Mobile will first introduce a new mobile subscription plan in October that includes a Spotify Premium subscription and all the benefits it provides, including ad-free music, offline access to music and improved music quality.

Existing T-Mobile customers furthermore get an option to add Spotify Premium to their subscriptions near the end of the year. The new plan will be available for around 30 Euros, the addon for about 10 Euros. The price for the add-on is the same that Spotify Premium users pay when they subscribe on the Spotify website directly.

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So what's the real benefit of this over subscribing directly at the Spotify website? T-Mobile subscribers do not have to pay for data transfers when they stream music, as it is included in the subscription. Instead of having to monitor the data usage while using Spotify on their mobile phones, subscribers can now listen to music for as long as they want without first checking their remaining data capacities or the available connection methods.

The offer should be interesting to existing Spotify Premium subscribers who are also T-Mobile customers, as well as other users who would like to stream music to their mobile phones.


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  1. Justin said on November 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

    The warning message about AAC streams when you load streams is because you don’t have the free Orban AAC/aacPlus Player Plugin installed.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Justin, thanks for the information.

  2. santosh said on December 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

    does this support AAC ? or only mp3 streaming

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

      I’d say it supports all pls streams but I have not tried that so cannot verify it 100%.

  3. Barnabas said on August 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you Martin for a most informative and viable solution (it allowed me to play streams from a Netherland internet radio station in my WMP)! Continued success to you!

    Barnabas (USA)

  4. AppleRome said on October 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Your steps’ recommendation is still valid until 7th October 2012.. Thank you very much !!

  5. Laura said on December 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you!

  6. sak2005 said on December 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    You must convert file.pls to file.m3u
    because file.pls open with winamp and file.m3u open with wmp.

  7. Lithium said on February 10, 2017 at 11:10 am

    2017 still kicking on Windows 7
    Thx a ton

  8. Dennis said on April 18, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Hey, even i can do it, i stumbled through it and it works great! The only instruction advice i will add as i had to figure this out, when the wmp box opens that says save or open the bar on right says wmp click that drop down and select “open pls in wmp” once you do that it will work . Took me quite some time to discover that as i am no computer expert by any means. Having said that, previously i had downloaded codec packages and something about aac. None did any good. This rocks, i listen to a lot of internet radio and a number of them have dropped flash player and getting wmp to work had been a nightmare. So many thanks for this great solution to another problem that Micro-Hell will not even address. Peace- Out

  9. stephen marshall said on March 19, 2019 at 2:07 am

    openplsinwmp came in a zip file. I unpacked it, and didn’t find anything that looks like an executable, and even the files in the “doc” folder were in a format windows didn’t recognize. I’m not stupid. you said it would open effortlessly. It didn’t. This a rabbit hole I don’t want to go down.

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