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Free listening on tablets, mobiles, and PCs

Spotify has always allowed users to listen to a limited amount of music for free each month. The listening was unlimited at no cost for the first six months a user was signed up. After that, they were limited to a few hours of free listening each month. The obvious goal was to push people towards the paid Spotify service.
However, times are changing and Spotify wrote in a statement, "There’s no more time limit if you are using Spotify free. We have removed these caps completely across all platforms – you can listen to your favorite songs as many times as you like, for as long as you want."
This means that Spotify can enjoy free streaming of Spotify music on smartphones, tablets, and computers. The move to unlimited free listening for Spotify comes just as AT&T and Beats Music announced their new music service.
The Beats Music service via AT&T will allow users to stream all the music they want and download songs for offline listening for one price for an entire family. People on an AT&T Family plan can get up to five users and ten devices on the Beats Music service for one fee of $14.99 monthly. An individual can get the service for $9.99 monthly.

Source: Spotify

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By Motoman on 1/16/2014 6:47:15 PM , Rating: 2
To the commenter above you, I'd note that Spotify still has to pay royalties to the music industry...which apparently they're funding with ads. So no...Spotify can't kill the music industry, because they're funneling money to it.

To CP though, in all honesty I knew nothing about Spotify but was surprised to see that you thought it was "tied to FB" - I went to the Spotify website and it appears that you can register either with a FB login, or with any email address.

By stm1185 on 1/16/2014 8:25:12 PM , Rating: 2
That's true if downloads and CD sales drop enough the royalties can be raised up to try and recoup that, forcing Spotify to change it's business model.

And Facebook on Spotify is completely optional. I've never had to link an account or use FB to use Spotify.

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