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Spotify makes mobile free -- and adds Led Zeppelin!

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Spotify makes mobile free -- and adds Led Zeppelin!

Two of the most annoying things about otherwise-stellar streaming music service Spotify have disappeared:

1. Not being able to access your playlists or albums without shelling out $10 per month.

2. Only being able to hear cheap, karaoke knock-off versions of "Whole Lotta Love".

You can check them both off the list now (✓ and ✓ -- much better) as Spotify announced Wednesday that its mobile app features will now be available for free.

And, in a nifty Jobs-esque "one more thing" move, it was revealed that Led Zeppelin's catalog is now going to be available on the platform. Black light and glow-in-the-dark posters not included, but still...

For smartphone and tablet users, the free service will feature a new "Shuffle" option that selects songs from your albums and playlists. You still won't be able to select individual songs to listen to -- as you can on the free desktop version -- but it's still a lot more personalized than Spotify Radio, which was the only way mobile users had previously been able to use Spotify for free.

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As for the Zeppelin stuff, the New York Times reports the band signed an exclusive streaming music deal with Spotify, picking them over competitors like Rdio.

The band's catalog is already up on Spotify right now, as one of the last big time streaming music holdouts has finally gone digital. And you know what that means, right?

Your move, Beatles.

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