Spotify Suspends Download Purchases in the UK

DRM-based music streaming service Spotify has suspended download purchases in Europe as of today. According to a posting on the company's UK help pages, while customers will still have access to "re-downloads" and will still be able to use downloads that they haven't yet used, the company is putting the kibosh on new download purchases on Spotify.

The posting offers no explanation for the change, but speaking to Pocket-Lint, Spotify said the move was part of an effort to simplify the service, adding the gift cards may still be used.

"We recently updated Spotify to further simplify the service and pave the way for new features announced at the end of last year," the company told Pocket-Lint. "In-app purchases aren't part of this update but we're not ruling out their return. Credits/gift cards already purchased are still redeemable."

In fact, it seems this move applies to all regions where that had the option to purchase tracks to begin with. Engadget cites a Swedish reader as saying the same thing has happened there, so it seems Sweden-based Spotify is rolling this change out across the board. Spotify U.S. never had the option to purchase downloads so there should be no change to your service if you're a U.S. user.

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  • abbadon_34
    God forbid you OWN the song after PURCHASING it. My God has the world gone MAD! (i know, i know)
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  • derekullo
    Dave: I want to listen to Boston.
    Spotify: I'm sorry Dave i can't let you do that.
    Dave: What's the problem?
    Spotify: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
    Dave: What are you talking about, Spotify?
    Spotify: I know that you and Frank were planning to switch to iTunes, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.
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  • abbadon_34
    God forbid you OWN the song after PURCHASING it. My God has the world gone MAD! (i know, i know)
    13
  • Kami3k
    How the f&*$ does this simplify the service?
    9
  • derekullo
    Dave: I want to listen to Boston.
    Spotify: I'm sorry Dave i can't let you do that.
    Dave: What's the problem?
    Spotify: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
    Dave: What are you talking about, Spotify?
    Spotify: I know that you and Frank were planning to switch to iTunes, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.
    11