Skip to main content

T-Mobile adds Google Play Music, Xbox Music, SoundCloud, and others to Music Freedom

T-Mobile adds Google Play Music, Xbox Music, SoundCloud, and others to Music Freedom

Share this story

The list of music services that won't impact your data plan on T-Mobile is getting much longer today. The carrier has added Google Play Music, Xbox Music, SoundCloud, and 11 other music apps to its Music Freedom initiative. Those three are the big names, but T-Mobile says it's also added listening options for fans of EDM, jazz, Caribbean, and Bollywood-style music. "Today we’re taking another huge step toward our ultimate goal of including every streaming music service in the program," said T-Mobile CEO John Legere. "Anyone can play. No one pays. And everyone wins." Even if companies aren't paying to participate, the net neutrality concerns raised by Music Freedom remain just as valid now as they were when the program was announced in June.

But even if it's unpopular with net neutrality advocates, the "Uncarrier 6.0" reveal has proven a hit with consumers. T-Mobile says the number of customers streaming music on a daily basis has jumped 300 percent since Music Freedom's unveiling, and collectively they're listening to 66 million songs (roughly 200 terabytes) per day. And the company says Music Freedom is often a reason cited by people making the switch to T-Mobile. The carrier has been working to support Google Play Music and Xbox Music for a few months now; both services fared well in a public vote that T-Mobile said would influence which services would be added to Music Freedom. The full list of today's additions follows below.

Google Play Music − Winner of the popular vote among Un-carrier customers

Xbox Music − ‘All the Music You Love’ on all your devices

SoundCloud − Provides access to the world’s largest community of music & audio creators

RadioTunes − Features a wide variety of free streaming radio channels

Digitally Imported − The first service in Music Freedom devoted entirely to electronic dance music

Fit Radio − A wide selection of great workout songs for the gym

Fresca Radio − Delivers 40 channels of the best Latin, Hispanic and Caribbean music

JAZZRADIO − Enjoy endless hours of the best jazz music around

Live365 − Thousands of internet radio stations featuring music in every style

Mad Genius Radio − For those who like a lot of music and who like their playlists fresh

radioPup − Featuring 300+ local radio stations streaming the best music available − Original programming including streaming music and more

ROCKRADIO − 100% rock, streaming the most diverse variety of rock music online

Saavn − All the best Bollywood and Indian music, online and on the go

Today’s Storystream

Feed refreshed Sep 24 Striking out

External Link
Emma RothSep 24
California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoes the state’s “BitLicense” law.

The bill, called the Digital Financial Assets Law, would establish a regulatory framework for companies that transact with cryptocurrency in the state, similar to New York’s BitLicense system. In a statement, Newsom says it’s “premature to lock a licensing structure” and that implementing such a program is a “costly undertaking:”

A more flexible approach is needed to ensure regulatory oversight can keep up with rapidly evolving technology and use cases, and is tailored with the proper tools to address trends and mitigate consumer harm.

Andrew WebsterSep 24
Look at this Thing.

At its Tudum event today, Netflix showed off a new clip from the Tim Burton series Wednesday, which focused on a very important character: the sentient hand known as Thing. The full series starts streaming on November 23rd.

The Verge
Andrew WebsterSep 24
Get ready for some Netflix news.

At 1PM ET today Netflix is streaming its second annual Tudum event, where you can expect to hear news about and see trailers from its biggest franchises, including The Witcher and Bridgerton. I’ll be covering the event live alongside my colleague Charles Pulliam-Moore, and you can also watch along at the link below. There will be lots of expected names during the stream, but I have my fingers crossed for a new season of Hemlock Grove.

Andrew WebsterSep 24
Looking for something to do this weekend?

Why not hang out on the couch playing video games and watching TV. It’s a good time for it, with intriguing recent releases like Return to Monkey Island, Session: Skate Sim, and the Star Wars spinoff Andor. Or you could check out some of the new anime on Netflix, including Thermae Romae Novae (pictured below), which is my personal favorite time-traveling story about bathing.

A screenshot from the Netflix anime Thermae Romae Novae.
Thermae Romae Novae.
Image: Netflix
Jay PetersSep 23
Twitch’s creators SVP is leaving the company.

Constance Knight, Twitch’s senior vice president of global creators, is leaving for a new opportunity, according to Bloomberg’s Cecilia D’Anastasio. Knight shared her departure with staff on the same day Twitch announced impending cuts to how much its biggest streamers will earn from subscriptions.

Tom WarrenSep 23
Has the Windows 11 2022 Update made your gaming PC stutter?

Nvidia GPU owners have been complaining of stuttering and poor frame rates with the latest Windows 11 update, but thankfully there’s a fix. Nvidia has identified an issue with its GeForce Experience overlay and the Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2). A fix is available in beta from Nvidia’s website.

External Link
If you’re using crash detection on the iPhone 14, invest in a really good phone mount.

Motorcycle owner Douglas Sonders has a cautionary tale in Jalopnik today about the iPhone 14’s new crash detection feature. He was riding his LiveWire One motorcycle down the West Side Highway at about 60 mph when he hit a bump, causing his iPhone 14 Pro Max to fly off its handlebar mount. Soon after, his girlfriend and parents received text messages that he had been in a horrible accident, causing several hours of panic. The phone even called the police, all because it fell off the handlebars. All thanks to crash detection.

Riding a motorcycle is very dangerous, and the last thing anyone needs is to think their loved one was in a horrible crash when they weren’t. This is obviously an edge case, but it makes me wonder what other sort of false positives we see as more phones adopt this technology.

External Link
Ford is running out of its own Blue Oval badges.

Running out of semiconductors is one thing, but running out of your own iconic nameplates is just downright brutal. The Wall Street Journal reports badge and nameplate shortages are impacting the automaker's popular F-series pickup lineup, delaying deliveries and causing general chaos.

Some executives are even proposing a 3D printing workaround, but they didn’t feel like the substitutes would clear the bar. All in all, it's been a dreadful summer of supply chain setbacks for Ford, leading the company to reorganize its org chart to bring some sort of relief.