Spotify to limit free use

The very popular music service Spotify is about to limit its free use for people who has been using the service for more than 6 months. People who have already used the free Spotify service for more than 6 months (prior to November last year) will have the limits reinforced on may 1st and new users will start counting when their accouint is created.

The limits means you may only listen 10 hours a month and play the same tune maximum 5 times.

I believe it is pressure from the music industry behind this, in order for spotify to be able to offer their music to unpaid subscribers in some fashion the commercial spots are not enough for the industry. We have seen several labels lately pull music from the Spotify service and hopefully by doing this the music will come back, at least for the paying users!

And in actual fact, the 99 SEK a month it costs us here in Sweden (and many broadband ISP’s have deals where you get Spotify for a discount or for a free period) means you can listen to it on your mobile, in your home and so on unlimited by these new rules.

I’m a happy paying customer and so is my wife and Spotify is still the best music service out there – especially in comparison to anything the record industry has produced so far…