Here’s how the changes will affect Spotify Free/Open users:
- New Spotify users will be able to use free service as it is today for the first 6 months.
- As of May 1st, any user who signed up to the free service on or before November 1st 2010 will be able to play each track for free up to a total of 5 times. Users who signed up after the beginning of November will see these changes applied 6 months after the time they set up their Spotify account.
- Additionally, Spotify will limit total listening time for free users to 10 hours per month after the first 6 months. That’s equivalent to around 200 tracks or 20 albums.
Yet another sign that ads don’t pay enough to keep services open. As for network infrastructure, Spotify is heavily based on P2P technology but that does not still change that the record companies who own Spotify wouldn’t want to get money out of it. Yeah, cost of 10 € per month isn’t that bad for the amount of music but it’s just a payment for an access to music, not for the music itself. Still, considering how much concert tickets cost these days, it really isn’t that much…