American music lovers were hyped when Spotify, the 3-year-old Swedish Internet music streaming service, finally became available in the U.S. in November 2011. Suddenly, regular Pandora users were making the switch to the latest online radio service, creating free online playlists of full-length songs and/or downloading unlimited music by paying the $9.99 monthly fee. However, the days of free Spotify are over, forcing avid users to subscribe to one of two payment plans.
According to Digitaltrends.com, users can choose from a Spotify Unlimited or Spotify Premium plan. Spotify Unlimited, valued at $4.99 per month, offers unlimited music streaming, free of advertisements, while Spotify Premium, valued at $9.99 per month, gives users access to Spotify’s “Around the house” and “Offline Mode” features.
ZDNet.com reported that users who decide not to upgrade to Spotify’s Unlimited or Premium plan will only be able to enjoy 10 hours of free streaming per month and a five-time restriction placed on the number of times a single song can be played.
For individuals who use Spotify in the same fashion as Pandora, the newly implemented fee could be a waste of money, as they could easily elect Pandora as their ‘go-to’ for free online listening.
The main feature that will no longer be available to users, who switch back to Pandora, will be the ability to search and play specific songs, create playlists, link their Spotify account to Facebook and listen without advertisements.
Of course, these features are what made Spotify so popular, so will current users decide to upgrade or simply move on and start using another music streaming service? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.