Spotify sets 10 hour per month limit on free music streaming

By Jos
Apr 14, 2011
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  1. Spotify has announced it is cutting back on its free music streaming service in its latest attempt to lure consumers to upgrade to one of the paid options. Starting on May 1, anyone who signed up before November 1, 2010 will be restricted to 10 hours of listening time per month, half of what's currently offered, and will only be able to play each track five times. Those who signed up after November 1 will see these limits go into place six months after their sign up date.

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  2. example1013

    example1013 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 280

    Yeah, I use Grooveshark anyways.
  3. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    I wonder across the board what the success rate of cutting back on previously free options on sites like these is in getting users to upgrade to a paid version, vs users leaving. I would think that more successful websites would just offer enough premium content to get people to want to pay, rather than essentially forcing them to pay in order to keep previous functionality.

    "people are cutting back on piracy"...so now we're going to start charging them, cause they obviously forgot how to pirate music in the first place. So they'll probably pirate those few special songs they like to listen to over and over again, and keep the free service for the variety.
  4. yRaz

    yRaz TechSpot Booster Posts: 884   +86

    I haven't pirated music in a long time. Then again, there isn't any new music worth listening to.... I think that this is kind of silly, though. Not like the artists see any money from the record sales, they get their money from doing shows. I hate record labels. Give me an album for the price of a song($0.99) and then I'll buy it. People have made abundantly apparent how much they are willing to pay for music. The record labels don't accept that so they pay lobbyists to help pass legislation in their favor.
  5. Groveshark is ok but Rhapsody is better since you can download as much music as you want to mp3 players and your phones for $10 a month plus every song is good quality. No other service I found has as many compatible devices and phones yet. I find it funny how freeloaders threaten to leave..All you are doing is costing the company money...do you think they really care...lol
  6. Omnislip

    Omnislip Newcomer, in training Posts: 96

    Spotify is exactly like that... Unless you are US based, but hey.

    Anyway, I was wondering if anyone knew whether this affects the original accounts, before they set in place the larger streaming limit for new users?


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