Spotify Free: Unlimited track plays (5 play per track limit now removed)
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Spotify Free: Unlimited track plays (5 play per track limit now removed)

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Found 19th Mar 2013
I stopped using this free (ad supported) music streaming service when they imposed the limit of a maximum of 5 plays for any one track.

However I read as of this morning this has been removed. It makes this free (ad) support service worth using again IMO. Thought Id share incase others had stopped using this because of the old restriction.

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Original Poster

Thought Id also mentioned that I read of complaints of lower audio quality through the new web interface. Haven't tried this out yet so dont know if its true. I also think the 10 hour a month limit still applies.

Also I know there are other non ad support and free services out there (such as G****eSh**k), but at least Spotify pays something to the artists. This in itself means spotify gets my vote (even if the artists get a pitance in royalties).

Edited by: "jazid" 19th Mar 2013

One way to skip the ads, albeit, in an annoying fashion, is to pause the song then pick the next one, or quickly select the next song before it ends. This is only good if you don't mind changing windows constantly. Annoying I know but it works.

Banned

doesnt seem to work on mobiles

I stopped using too

Relievo

I stopped using too



Same here,

Just use WE7 now,miles better,and free,
apart from the pain where you can't go back a track only forward!

i had stopped using it too because of that, now opened it again lol

the cut was too deep fpr me to go back to them.


just kidding, dusting that app off

techradar.com/new…895

Spotify ditches the 5-play song limit in the UK
UPDATED Takes off its cap
By Hugh Langley 7 hrs ago

Good to know this, thanks for posting. Can always try this to deal with the ads - tribe.nu/Blo…tml I haven't used Spotify in a long while now, but it at least worked back when I did. I wouldn't mind so much if they didn't make them so loud and repetitive.

Spotify is so worth the £10 monthly fee. Offline playlists, high quality, etc. etc. Wouldn't be without it.

I guess it's nice they released the limit and the 10 hours is kinda fair. I currently pay for premium using my NUS discount and totally worth the money like dan666 said.

Mobile apps, offline songs/playlists, up to 320 kbps streaming and syncing.

I too stopped using Spotify when they introduced that stupid limit. Now using Deezer which is quite good (deezer.com/en/…ree). Got a years unlimited free (not premium though). No idea what happens after that, so might go back to spotify, if it gets crippled.

Either way thanks OP
Edited by: "bargain-nut" 19th Mar 2013

bargain-nut

Now using Deezer which is quite good … Now using Deezer which is quite good (http://www.deezer.com/en/app/unleashed/?ref=ukrsfree). Got a years unlimited free (not premium though). No idea what happens after that, so might go back to spotify, if it gets crippled.


After the 12mth initial signup, they limit your streaming to 2hrs per month, which is paltry and will probably cause everyone to migrate back and forth between services.

They remove the 5 plays per track, but still keep monthly listening to 10 hours... pointless.

no match for deezer at the moment!

Original Poster

Mashhhh

They remove the 5 plays per track, but still keep monthly listening to 10 … They remove the 5 plays per track, but still keep monthly listening to 10 hours... pointless.



I agree that Spotify were silly to put in the 5 track play limit for that reason.
The 10 hour/month limit surely would hve been enough?
As such it has allowed other service to gain more of a foothold.
Must try We7 again.
Edited by: "jazid" 19th Mar 2013

jools2001

Same here,Just use WE7 now,miles better,and free,apart from the pain … Same here,Just use WE7 now,miles better,and free,apart from the pain where you can't go back a track only forward!



Miles better? haha do you have a new joke book? look for the receipt and take it back!

WE7 plays me the same songs on loop 90% of the time.. Awful app.

i just use grooveshark

fizzyface

Miles better? haha do you have a new joke book? look for the receipt and … Miles better? haha do you have a new joke book? look for the receipt and take it back!WE7 plays me the same songs on loop 90% of the time.. Awful app.



Ive saved my 10 fav genres,
it updates roughly once a week

so does me,seeing its free

jazid

Thought Id also mentioned that I read of complaints of lower audio … Thought Id also mentioned that I read of complaints of lower audio quality through the new web interface. Haven't tried this out yet so dont know if its true. I also think the 10 hour a month limit still applies.Also I know there are other non ad support and free services out there (such as G****eSh**k), but at least Spotify pays something to the artists. This in itself means spotify gets my vote (even if the artists get a pitance in royalties).



The artists receive more than you think.

Hence the reason why they are promoting music sharing through these channels....

If anyone of you have and NUS card 50% off Spotify membership. I pay £4.98 for the normally £9.99 membership!. Worth every penny, haven't downloaded music on my PC in over 2 years!

dan666

Spotify is so worth the £10 monthly fee. Offline playlists, high quality, … Spotify is so worth the £10 monthly fee. Offline playlists, high quality, etc. etc. Wouldn't be without it.



I bought an account on ebay for about a tenner I think, on the 3rd month now just wondering what the catch is on that one. But if that went belly up then a tenner a month is fair enough for the service, using it a fair bit on the mobile too now.

dan666

Spotify is so worth the £10 monthly fee. Offline playlists, high quality, … Spotify is so worth the £10 monthly fee. Offline playlists, high quality, etc. etc. Wouldn't be without it.



Work put me on to a post graduate course so I managed to wangle an NUS extra card. I pay £4.99 a month X)

Original Poster

jackgordon

The artists receive more than you think.Hence the reason why they are … The artists receive more than you think.Hence the reason why they are promoting music sharing through these channels....



You mean more than I knew? Admittedly, my mate is on a small record label and doesnt have anyware near the number of spotify plays of major artists, but I can assure you the revenue is pitiful.
I would like to think that they have become more generous since we last discussed this two years ago.
Edited by: "jazid" 20th Mar 2013

I don't mind the ads, only trouble I have is that they don't always have the latest songs available. So I just use Grooveshark instead.

grooveshark.com/

Much better and no application.

leaston

After the 12mth initial signup, they limit your streaming to 2hrs per … After the 12mth initial signup, they limit your streaming to 2hrs per month, which is paltry and will probably cause everyone to migrate back and forth between services.



ah that will be pretty useless!! Guess i'll enjoy the freebie whilst it lasts and then move to spotify again

Or just buy Spotify premium.

Thanks for letting me know. I find spotify plays music at a much better quality than other streams. Finally I can keep playing my two fav tracks at the moment, ellie golding - explosions and 1975 - chocolate.

jazid

You mean more than I knew? Admittedly, my mate is on a small record label … You mean more than I knew? Admittedly, my mate is on a small record label and doesnt have anyware near the number of spotify plays of major artists, but I can assure you the revenue is pitiful.I would like to think that they have become more generous since we last discussed this two years ago.



Seeing as its your mate and not you who is on a 'small record label' that will have absolutely no clout with the likes of Sony, Universal and Warner, I struggle to see how your chat over a beer compares with the knowledge of someone who has studied aspects of this.

In terms of actual money for the artist it is pittance. But they still get more than they would for hardcopy sales, and proportionally more than digital downloads if you were to base it on play count.

By the sounds of it, your mate is on a small record label who probably take a huge chunk of any royalties in return for giving him a privilege to be on their label, with that label then in turn being a subsidiary of, or relying upon the distribution channels of, a major label who take an even greater chunk, before it reaches the retailer who also take a massive chunk. That's why your mate is getting bent over.

jackgordon

Seeing as its your mate and not you who is on a 'small record label' that … Seeing as its your mate and not you who is on a 'small record label' that will have absolutely no clout with the likes of Sony, Universal and Warner, I struggle to see how your chat over a beer compares with the knowledge of someone who has studied aspects of this.In terms of actual money for the artist it is pittance. But they still get more than they would for hardcopy sales, and proportionally more than digital downloads if you were to base it on play count.By the sounds of it, your mate is on a small record label who probably take a huge chunk of any royalties in return for giving him a privilege to be on their label, with that label then in turn being a subsidiary of, or relying upon the distribution channels of, a major label who take an even greater chunk, before it reaches the retailer who also take a massive chunk. That's why your mate is getting bent over.



What I've heard from a few independent artists is that the artist receives a fraction of a penny for 100 plays of a given song.

Original Poster

parm1der

What I've heard from a few independent artists is that the artist … What I've heard from a few independent artists is that the artist receives a fraction of a penny for 100 plays of a given song.



Indeed.

Jackgordon, You obviously know more on this subject than me but as to your original assertion that "The artists receive more than you think" I can see that this is perhaps true for those on majors with more clout.Ive no doubt my mate is not getting a great deal, but then thats the price you pay for starting small and not starting your own label I guess.

>But they still get more than they would for hardcopy sales

Undoubtedly, as most tiny artists barely break even on the cost of CD production (but it is still felt to be a requirement to be taken seriously)
Edited by: "jazid" 21st Mar 2013

Mashhhh

They remove the 5 plays per track, but still keep monthly listening to 10 … They remove the 5 plays per track, but still keep monthly listening to 10 hours... pointless.


more than enough for a free LEGAL service lol
i barely get near 2 hours of play per week, so even 8 hours would be enough per month

@jaytwee1 - spotify free version doesn't work on mobile! You have to pay for that! I do, it's well worth it

@jaytwee1 - spotify free version doesn't work on mobile! You have to pay for that! I do, it's well worth it

May try this again now :). I'm a Grooveshark fanboy nowadays though

Whatever happened to getting free music the old fashioned way?

All these damn hipsters with their spotify and youtube downloaders.

deadmancool

more than enough for a free LEGAL service loli barely get near 2 hours of … more than enough for a free LEGAL service loli barely get near 2 hours of play per week, so even 8 hours would be enough per month


Our PC is on 24/7 and the music playing probably 8am - 6pm so 10 hours a day 3 or 4 of those spotify not to mention use on the mobile

Awesome. As mentioned I did give up on them after the 5 play limit... Although I never really liked the idea of starting from scratch and building up a new playlist of songs.

I look at my iTunes and find songs from... 5/6 years ago? Now I have to start again with another program, just cuz' it's £10 a month... What?

great! my fave track is available again, hooray!
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