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    • MSE Guy
    • By MSE Guy 14th Apr 11, 11:00 AM
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    MSE News: Spotify cuts free music benefits
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    • 14th Apr 11, 11:00 AM
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    MSE News: Spotify cuts free music benefits 14th Apr 11 at 11:00 AM
    This is the discussion thread for the following MSE News Story:

    "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
    • By MoneyMiser 14th Apr 11, 11:03 AM
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    • 14th Apr 11, 11:03 AM
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    • 14th Apr 11, 11:03 AM
    Just after all the good press they were getting on the number of awards they have recently won. Shame
    • ringo_24601
    • By ringo_24601 14th Apr 11, 11:07 AM
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    • 14th Apr 11, 11:07 AM
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    • 14th Apr 11, 11:07 AM
    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
    • By glider3560 14th Apr 11, 11:21 AM
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    • 14th Apr 11, 11:21 AM
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    • 14th Apr 11, 11:21 AM
    Does anyone know whether these new limits will apply to Spotify Free members, who currently have no limit and no charge?

    • Reaper
    • By Reaper 14th Apr 11, 12:00 PM
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    • 14th Apr 11, 12:00 PM
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    • 14th Apr 11, 12:00 PM
    Does anyone know whether these new limits will apply to Spotify Free members, who currently have no limit and no charge?
    Originally posted by glider3560
    Both the Free and Open versions of Spotify will be affected by the changes.
    • bylromarha
    • By bylromarha 14th Apr 11, 12:24 PM
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    • 14th Apr 11, 12:24 PM
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    • 14th Apr 11, 12:24 PM
    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.
    Who made hogs and dogs and frogs?
  • Tom Donlan
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    • 14th Apr 11, 12:47 PM
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    • 14th Apr 11, 12:47 PM
    Both the Free and Open versions of Spotify will be affected by the changes.
    Originally posted by Reaper
    Where does it say anything about 'Free' being affected?
    • Reaper
    • By Reaper 14th Apr 11, 12:59 PM
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    • 14th Apr 11, 12:59 PM
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    • 14th Apr 11, 12:59 PM
    Where does it say anything about 'Free' being affected?
    Originally posted by Tom Donlan
    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...
    Last edited by Reaper; 14-04-2011 at 1:05 PM. Reason: Better link
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    • 14th Apr 11, 1:09 PM
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    • 14th Apr 11, 1:09 PM
    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
    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
    • By bylromarha 14th Apr 11, 1:11 PM
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    Where does it say anything about 'Free' being affected?
    Originally posted by Tom Donlan
    Taken from the Spotify blog

    "The changes were having to make will mainly affect heavier Spotify Free and Open users"
    Who made hogs and dogs and frogs?
    • justanotheruser
    • By justanotheruser 14th Apr 11, 1:57 PM
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    "Instead of the minimum 20 hours a week of streaming, users will get 10 hours once they've been a member for six months. In addition, they will only be able to play each track five times." - minimum of 20 hours? I believe it's maximum
    • Stuart_W
    • By Stuart_W 14th Apr 11, 3:41 PM
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    Presumably it will only be a matter of time before we7 announce something similar.
    • ringo_24601
    • By ringo_24601 14th Apr 11, 3:44 PM
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    Time to find other sources of free streaming music...

    http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/10-best-free-spotify-alternatives-943172

    I quite like http://beta.mflow.com and http://www.deezer.com
    Last edited by ringo_24601; 14-04-2011 at 3:46 PM.
    • DJ Mike
    • By DJ Mike 14th Apr 11, 4:33 PM
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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
    Originally posted by ringo_24601
    You can... It's 4.99 a month!

    The freeloading attitude people have towards music streaming always astonishes me... I don't agree with the huge amount of money record companies keep for themselves but I refuse to rip off the good work of artists just because of big business 'getting in the way', and by all means streaming services don't just operate at zero cost!
    Last edited by DJ Mike; 14-04-2011 at 4:39 PM.
  • la madonette
    Spotify, what are you doing???? Your free/open music has been a wonderful way for us "oldies" to try and keep up with the latest music as well as taking us down "music memory lane". What will I be able to do without my very diverse playlists???? Whats the point of a playlist if we can only play a piece 5 times???? Generally speaking our generation are "light users" and wouldn't benifit having to be paid up members. I have so loved Spotify and shall be so disappointed. La Madonette
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 14th Apr 11, 5:37 PM
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    Presumably it will only be a matter of time before we7 announce something similar.
    Originally posted by Stuart_W

    and last fm as well
    • Mikey17
    • By Mikey17 14th Apr 11, 7:07 PM
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    You can always use a small tool like audacity. This will record the song/s. Its a bit of a pain, recording each song individually. But once your done, save the song as a wav file , name it, then import it into windows media player. Then you have it forever

    http://www.filehippo.com/download_audacity/
    Last edited by Mikey17; 14-04-2011 at 7:13 PM.
  • HandsInTheRuck
    You can always use a small tool like audacity. This will record the song/s. Its a bit of a pain, recording each song individually. But once your done, save the song as a wav file , name it, then import it into windows media player. Then you have it forever

    http://www.filehippo.com/download_audacity/
    Originally posted by Mikey17
    It's also illegal.
    • corbyboy
    • By corbyboy 14th Apr 11, 8:24 PM
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    People's reaction to this seems amazing. Spotify can't subsidise you listening to free music forever.

    The probably can't make enough money with the adverts. Most of them seems to be for Spotify itself anyway.

    But the service is only 5 per month! You couldn't even buy a new CD each month for this price.

    There does seem to be a flaw in the new plan in that new users receive the service as it currently is for 6 months. What is to stop people signing up for a new account every 6 months?
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