Spotify Free – New Limits for Users: Buy Premium or Find Alternative

We have some important news for those of you who regularly use the popular music streaming service Spotify, as the makers have just rolled out a few major changes to the PC version of the software, and it’s changes which may upset a few of you enjoying the free version of the device.

As our US readers will know too well, Spotify is still a Europe-only application, despite continued promises that a US release and releases in other countries are coming soon.

However, a recent update by the Spotify team has now introduced a wave of restrictions to those using the free version. For example, you’ll now only be able to listen to an individual song five times, and you’ll be restricted to just listening to just 10 hours per month – the equivalant of around 200 tracks or 20 albums.

It’s important to note that these changes are based on when you first created your Spotify account. The changes will be coming into affect from May 1st 2011, but a date of November 2010 has also been mentioned specifically – find out more about this on the official Spotify blog here, as reported from Engadget.

Unsurprisingly, these changes are for the free version only, so it’s clearly a ploy to get more users to sign up to Spotify premium which costs £9.99 a month for UK users and a similar fee to everyone else in Europe. Fans of Spotify are voicing their displeasure on the changes over on the Spotify Blog, but let us know your thoughts on it here.

Will you now buy Spotify Premium or will you say goodbye to Spotify in favor of an alternative service, such as Grooveshark for example.



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