MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE Spotify has liberated its non-paying users in the UK from the shackles of playing individual tracks no more than five times, the firm announced today, meaning no more annoying grayed-out songs.
"The tracks that you couldn't listen to before will once again be available for your listening pleasure," Spotify said in a blog post today.
However, what hasn't changed is the time limit for free users in the UK, which currently stands at 10 hours of music enjoyment a month before you're forced to either listen to something else or open your wallet.
At the moment Spotify seems to favour the US, Australia and New Zealand, as those countries have no track caps or time limits on non-subscribers whatsoever, while the poor French still suffer both restrictions.
Spotify recently revealed that it has amassed at least 24 million active users, with more than six million subscribers forking out at least £4.99 a month for the service. Since its launch, Spotify claims to have paid out over $500 million to rightsholders.
Earlier this month, Spotify put its web player live in the UK, doing away with the need to download its app, and is now available as a beta version at play.spotify.com. µ
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