MSE News: Spotify cuts free music benefits

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"The free streaming site is cutting the amount of music users can listen to as part of its 'Open' service ..."
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  • MoneyMiser
    MoneyMiser Posts: 571 Forumite
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    Just after all the good press they were getting on the number of awards they have recently won. Shame :(
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    Looks like i'll be digging out my ipod again.

    What's the point in having a playlist if you can only listen to it 5 times?

    I would happily pay a small amount to keep the service how it is
  • glider3560
    glider3560 Posts: 4,115 Forumite
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    Does anyone know whether these new limits will apply to Spotify Free members, who currently have no limit and no charge?
  • Reaper
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    glider3560 wrote: »
    Does anyone know whether these new limits will apply to Spotify Free members, who currently have no limit and no charge?
    Both the Free and Open versions of Spotify will be affected by the changes.
  • bylromarha
    bylromarha Posts: 10,085 Forumite
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    Oh well, I've loved the freebie for the past few years.

    Don't think I'll miss it enough to pay for it if that is their intention.
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  • Tom_Donlan
    Tom_Donlan Posts: 37 Forumite
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    Reaper wrote: »
    Both the Free and Open versions of Spotify will be affected by the changes.

    Where does it say anything about 'Free' being affected?
  • Reaper
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    edited 14 April 2011 at 2:05PM
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    Tom_Donlan wrote: »
    Where does it say anything about 'Free' being affected?
    The best place to look is the original Spotify announcement called "Upcoming changes to Spotify Free/Open" which says:
    The changes we’re having to make will mainly affect heavier Spotify Free and Open users...
  • inicholson
    inicholson Posts: 62 Forumite
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    As a light user of the free service this probably won't affect me much - especially as I increasingly use We7 instead as it seems to have a better range of music.

    I have to agree with "most use Spotify to discover music" - which is why the music industry's paranoia about home taping, ripping CDs, etc. has always been misplaced. I use Spotify & We7 to find new artists or listen to songs and albums before buying them on CD. It would be great if I could use either on my mobile phone or Squeezebox. I know Spotify Premium allows this but I'd prefer to spend the monthly fee on buying music rather than renting a service.
  • Reverbe
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    This is only going to lead to people stopping using Spotify which means their advertisers will be paying to play to deaf ears..in todays culture and recession we wont pay to play or for anything that isnt essential.. they will just do their own service down..
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  • bylromarha
    bylromarha Posts: 10,085 Forumite
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    Tom_Donlan wrote: »
    Where does it say anything about 'Free' being affected?

    Taken from the Spotify blog

    "The changes we’re having to make will mainly affect heavier Spotify Free and Open users"
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