Today Spotify have officially pulled the plug on selling music download purchases via their online store. Spotify have previously sold unrestricted DRM (Digital Rights Management) MP3's since their launch in May 2011 but now have decided to drop it in a business decision that aims to 'streamline' the services that they offer and allows the company to build in some new features that we shall shortly be seeing.
For Spotify customers, the benefits of downloading music via the service (as apposed to streaming) was that it avoided buffering issues, allowed users to listen to music without an internet connection (something that mobile devices have trouble with whilst on the move) and encourages users to have a sense of freedom with the music that they consume. Considering these benefits, it is slightly odd why Spotify would want users to loose access to these services especially when noting the fact that last years figures for digital music sales increased by 15% in a market that is valued at £383.3 million. Maybe Spotify feel that this is an associated risk in order to roll out new services, but either way Spotify will potentially be loosing out on a valuable revenue stream.
For all of those who are worrying that you will be loosing out because you hold a gift voucher... Then fear not! Spotify have confirmed that they will continue to honour the tokens worth and you will still be able to purchase music from the store. Perhaps maybe in the future we may see this feature, as Spotify have not commented as to whether this feature shall remain closed.
?Today Spotify have officially pulled the plug on selling music download purchases via their online store. Spotify have previously sold unrestricted DRM (Digital Rights Management) MP3's since their launch...