T-Mobile’s Music Freedom, a program that allows you to stream music from select services without it counting against your data cap, has been around since June last year. As of today, there’s 11 more services you can use without worrying.
All the big names in music streaming are already part of Music Freedom, so it’s not surprise that lesser-known services are the ones being added today: Aud.io, StreamOn, and TuneIn Premium, to name the ones you might have heard of.
The only real problem with Music Freedom is the precedent it sets—favoring some music services over others runs against the tenants of a free and open internet. It’s dangerous because if internet companies like Spotify (or Google!) were to have to pay for access to a ‘fast lane’, it swings the marketplace in favor of the big companies that can afford access, and against small startups.
In other words: you should embrace the fact that you’ve probably never heard of any of the 11 services T-Mobile added to Music Freedom today. They’re all smaller, lesser-known companies. That’s a good thing, because it means T-Mobile is sticking by its promise to let any music service that complies with its regulations into the Music Freedom program, and keep things on a level playing field.