Spotify Opens Up to Free Users But Caps Listening Hours

Spotify announces that its services will become available to free users but a cap will be placed upon listening hours.

Whereas spotify up until now has always operated on an invitation only policy, the company has announced this week that Spotify shall now be open to all. New users will be able to open their own account without an invite code.

This is not the only change announced by Spotify. The company has also stated that they will be capping the number of listening hours available to free users. Whereas in the past free users could listen to an unlimited amount of music, this will now be limited to 20 hours per month which Spotify says is equivalent to 25 albums or 300 tracks.

Free users will still be exposed to advertisements.

However spotify have now launched two new payment options. Either the Spotify Premium package which is £9.99 per month which offers unlimited access and offline mode or Spotify Unlimited which obviously has no cap on the amount of music which can be listened to but does not have an offline mode.

The company has stated that they are not planning to suspend the invitation service which will still allow uncapped music access to those invited to the site, or those who are currently using the site for free.

Andres Sehr, Spotify's global community manager stated on the company blog: "We're really excited to offer more choices for users and existing users who are happy with their current plan won't be affected by these updates."

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