Spotify introduces Open and Unlimited plans

Darren Allan

May 18, 2010

There are some big changes happening down at music streaming service Spotify.

Firstly, the Swedish company is now allowing users to sign up to its free service without an invitation from an existing customer.

You can simply trot along to the website and sign yourself up to Spotify Open, which allows full ad-supported access to Spotify’s library of eight million plus songs.

The downside with the new Open variant is that you’re limited to twenty hours listening per month. That’s around 300 tracks, or ten a day.

Spotify Premium will still be available, at £9.99 per month, which gets rid of the adverts and allows for goodies such as the offline playback of tunes.

However, a new half-price option is being introduced; Spotify Unlimited. This charges £4.99 per month for unlimited listening uninterrupted by adverts.

Although this option lacks the offline playback that the Premium subscription boasts, and it doesn’t grant you the ability to listen to Spotify on your mobile.

Even so, it could prove a tempter for many new subscribers who find the prospect of a fiver a month to be much more palatable than a full-on triplet of beer tokens.


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