Report: Spotify May End Its Free Service In Favor Of A Three-Month Free Trial
Well, if you are used to enjoying free music on Spotify, don’t get too attached to it. According to an unconfirmed report, the creators of the popular app are being pressurized by music labels to put an end to its free service that supports ads, in favor of a three-months free trial.
Two of the companies that are mentioned in the report are Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. While current users will be allowed to use the “freemium” service for another 6 months, new users will be limited to 3 months trial only.
One of the sources close to the matter stated: “It’s weaning them off free, is one way to think about it, while making [Spotify] more in line with [other streaming services].”
On the other hand, Spotify seems less interested in the proposal and believes its freemium-to-premium model is showing potential. Spotify has around 15 million paying subscribers and music labels aren’t satisfied. Spotify can only argue for so long as the app will take a massive hit without proper licensing from these companies.
Many artists and labels can extend access for users beyond three months, only if they choose to. These labels and artists will be grouped under ‘emerging’ or ‘up-and-coming’ playlists.
These are unofficial and unconfirmed details so take them with a grain of salt. Spotify nor any of the labels it’s partnered with has come out to comment on the report.