T-Mobile in the US has announced that its customers who are Apple Music users will be able to stream music over 4G for free. It already does the same for users of 33 different streaming services (up from seven a year ago), with the music-centric ones including Pandora, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, Slacker, and Spotify – but not (for now) Amazon Music. This is part of its Music Freedom feature and the addition of Apple Music to the “safe” list was down to, apparently, 80% of requests from T-Mobile on its Twitter account.
John Legere, T-Mobile’s president & CEO, blogged about this, saying, “Music Freedom is open and free to every legal music streaming service out there. As I’ve said from the start, our goal is to set ALL your music free, and we won’t stop until we do. As of now, the services in Music Freedom cover 95% of all music streamed on mobile in the US. I’d call that a damn good start.” He added that Music Freedom users stream 131m songs a day, using that to have a pop at rival networks. “If AT&T customers streamed that much music, they could be paying upwards of $2.3 billion a year – and that’s not even factoring in overage penalties,” he writes. “The other guys tax and toll every single note of every song you stream.”