Music streaming service Spotify has launched two new services, including Spotify Open which it says will allow people to enjoy its service free of charge without waiting to be invited.
The first new service, Spotify Open, will give people access to Spotify’s music catalogue for 20 hours a month, free of charge – although the Spotify player will include audio and on-screen advertisements as part of the service.
Previously, to receive free access to the music streaming website you needed to be invited by an existing member.
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Daniel Ek, CEO and founder of Spotify, said: ‘Now everyone who wants a great introduction to Spotify without an invite, or who wants to enjoy unlimited, ad-free music just on their computers, can do so.’
Free Spotify service still available
However, Spotify insists the free route is available to music lovers, by invitation.
‘Spotify Free will continue to provide ad-supported music to our seven million plus users across Europe, with new users still able to sign up to the current Free service by obtaining one of the many millions of invites currently available,’ said a statement by the company.
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However, as reported previously by Which? free Spotify accounts were being traded on Ebay for as much as £5, as people were keen to get their hands on them.
‘The invite system is still there [but] we hope it’ll stop the [Ebay] sales’, said a spokesperson for Spotify.
Spotify Unlimited costs £4.99 per month
In addition to Spotify Open, the company has also announced the launch of Spotify Unlimited, which will give users advertisement-free access to Spotify for £4.99 per month. Spotify Unlimited users will be able to access Spotify on PCs and Macs but not on their mobile phones or offline – unlike the Premium (£9.99 a month) service.
Spotify is a music streaming service, which allows you to create playlists and listen to these via the internet using the Spotify application. You can also buy and download music using your credit card.
Last month Spotify introduced new features allowing users to connect directly with Facebook friends as well as play their music files in Spotify.
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