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Music giant Spotify restricts its free playback service

Spotify, the Luxembourg-based music streaming giant with roots in Sweden, recently announced that it will restrict its free playback service.

First of all, Spotify will cut the amount of free listening hours that are available to long-term users in half, from 20 to 10 hours per month. This reduction comes into effect on the 1st of May. The second restriction will be that users will only be able to play each track for free up to a total of 5 times. New Spotify users will be moved over to this restricted model after 6 months of using the service.

Spotify was launched for public access on October of 2008 and is now operating out of its offices in Stockholm, London and Luxembourg. It’s obvious that the young company is trying to persuade more users to become paying customers. Time will tell whether the new restrictions increase Spotify’s conversion rate or lower its attractiveness to new users.

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Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr is the "Editor in Chief" of and started the blog in October 2010. He is excited about Europe's future, passionate about new business ideas and lives in Barcelona (Spain).


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