Spotify will now be openly available to all new users without the old invitation only process in new plans which will also allow users to join an unlimited, ad-free service on the music streaming site for less than a fiver.
The new free access plan will allow users to sign up for free and listen to music on a capped basis with a maximum of 20 hours per month. This effectively amounts to approximately 25 albums worth or 300 tracks, which will continue to have the usual adverts included.
It is worth noting that existing free users of Spotify will not be subject to the new caps, so will be able to carry on freeloading to their hearts content. “We’re really excited to offer more choices for users and existing users who are happy with their current plan won’t be affected by these updates,” claimed Andres Sehr via the sites blog.
Once the free allotted usage is finished it is then possible for customers to sign up to one of two payment schemes. The first option is to pay for the Spotify Premium service which allows users unlimited access to music which is then accessible either through an offline mode or via mobile, minus the adverts. This option continues to cost £9.99 per month.
More interestingly though there is a new payment plan which costs a mere £4.99 per month. Spotify Unlimited similarly allows the user unlimited, advert free access to content on the site but for half the price. However the package does omit the offline mode and the mobile access, not so good for finance executives who want to listen to their Phil Collins compilations on the go.
The move comes not long after Spotify launched its newest version which included a social networking slant, allowing your friends to connect and view your own library, as shown in a previous TechEye report which highlighted some of the more worrying musical tastes that can be found amongst staff at this website.
The move will undoubtedly open the site up to a greater influx of music fans with the invitation restriction lifted. However, despite all the added plays that will undoubtedly come with extra usership it seems that actual musicians will see their share rise little from the mere pittance they draw in royalties.
With £0.0012 paid per stream it would take four and a half million plays per month in order to supply a solo artist with as much as they would get for flipping burgers, so quite how we are going to supply the next generation of bloated rock stars with enough money to keep them in coke and midgets has not been made clear by Mr Sehr.