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Spotify may limit the amount of free music you can listen to

Emma Clark

Published 10/12/2015 | 08:36

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Spotify is reportedly considering a range of restrictions on the free ad-supported side of its service, including restricting albums to Premium members.

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If you’re not a Spotify Premium subscriber, your free service could be drastically different in the near future.

Spotify may allow record labels and artists to release music exclusively to Premium subscribers. A report from the Wall Street Journal indicates that Spotify is to introduce this measure as a test and then see what happens to its subscriber base and overall user base.

It has previously been reported that Spotify is considering restricting the ad-supported tier even further. This could include a listening limit on some new albums or timed exclusives for the Premium service.

Around 80% of Spotify’s user base is currently taking advantage of the free side of the service. But Spotify is trying to appease labels and major artists, including Adele and Taylor Swift, and may need to implement restrictions and measures to get artists like these to allow their music to appear on the service.

2016 should be an interesting year for music streaming services as a whole.

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