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by Grace Carroll

Spotify removes five-play listen on tracks for non-subscribers

There is still a 10 hour cap on listening

 

Spotify removes five-play listen on tracks for non-subscribers

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Spotify users who do not pay for a subscription can now listen to tracks on the streaming service an unlimited number of times after lifting the five-play limit previously imposed on non-subscribers.

Before, songs would turn grey after five plays and users would no longer be able to listen to them - but there is no longer a limit on songs.

Spotify wrote in a blog post, "We’ve got some mighty fine news for all Spotify Free users. From today, there’s no more 5 play-per-song limit. You can listen to your favourite songs as many times as you like.

"That’s right, no more greyed-out songs. The tracks that you couldn’t listen to before will once again be available for your listening pleasure."

However, not all fans are pleased. While UK free users still have a limit of only 10 hours a month to listen, free users in the US, Australia and New Zealand don't have any play limits or time limits at all.

This is part of a number of changes that the music service has been making - earlier this year, they also removed the feature that enabled users to download songs, meaning they simply have to be streamed online.

Spotify said that this was in order to "pave the way for new features," and that it would "simplify the service."

They have also been testing a browser based version of Spotify, as opposed to the current desktop player.

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