This time last year, Spotify gave users in Europe some good news: It was dropping its song-play limit for users with free accounts. Previously, the online music service had a five-play cap on songs for users with non-premium accounts. However, the service last March removed that cap for users across most of Europe. Unfortunately, the UK was excluded from the change of policy and users across the pond remained bound by the five-play limit.
Today, almost a year on, Spotify has lifted that cap for users in the United Kingdom. "We've got some mighty fine news for all Spotify Free users," reads a post on the Spotify blog. "From today, there’s no more 5 play-per-song limit. You can listen to your favourite songs as many times as you like. That's right, no more greyed-out songs. The tracks that you couldn’t listen to before will once again be available for your listening pleasure."
The delay in lifting the five-play limit was all down to negotiations with rightsholders. Spotify said last year that it was still working on rightsholders in certain countries and that it hoped to soon be able to introduce the same change across the entire service. Looks like it took a year to comes to an agreement with rightsholders in the UK.