Spotify to cut free music allowance by 50 per cent

Music streaming service slashes access to free music

Spotify has announced it will be cutting the amount of free music users can access without paying.

Previously, users had been able to listen to up to 20 hours of free music per month. But, in changes announced on, the site plans to cut this significantly.

From May 1, users who are not paid subscribers will now be only able to listen to 10 hours of free music per month, with a limit of five plays per track also coming into force.

These changes only affect users who signed up to the site more than six months ago. New subscribers will be able to use Spotify in its current form, but only for six months.

Spotify founder Daniel Elk said of the changes: “It’s vital that we continue offering an on-demand free service to you and millions more like you, but to make that possible we have to put some limits in place going forward.”

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