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Spotify confirms canning of music downloads service

Tells us option may return soon
Fri Jan 04 2013, 13:22
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MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE Spotify has confirmed to The INQUIRER that it has stopped letting users download newly added musical content to their hard drives.

The system used to let people buy tracks, but apparently as of today it has pulled down a curtain on this activity.

First noticed by Pocketlint and confirmed in our office, if you are on Spotify and try to buy some music you are told, "We're no longer supporting new download purchases on Spotify."

This links through to a new FAQ from the firm that repeats the news that new downloads are no longer supported, but reassures users with the news that they can still buy existing content, and use up their existing credits or Spotify monies on tracks that they have had their eyes on.

Spotify has told The INQUIRER that that canning its music downloads service is all part of some wider plan, adding that it might bring back purchases at some indeterminate time in the future. 

A spokesperson said, "We recently updated Spotify to further simplify the service and pave the way for new features announced at the end of last year," said a spokesperson.

"In-app purchases aren't part of this update but we're not ruling out their return. Credits/gift cards already purchased are still redeemable." µ


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