Spotify suspends music downloads in Europe (streaming unaffected)



Spotify stopped offering the possibility to download music tracks.

Even premium users can no longer download any music. On its support pages, Spotify confirms that it no longer offers downloads, but doesn’t say why.

PocketLink, a UK blog, was the first to notice that it could no longer download tracks. But the new policy isn’t just restricted to the UK. On the Dutch language help pages of Spotify Belgium, we noticed that Spotify had also suspended downloads in Belgium. Same for Spotify Sweden and France.

We didn’t find a similar support page for the US. Comparing the FAQ pages of the UK and the US, it seems like downloading tracks on Spotify was never possible in the US. We’ll try to find out more about this.

UPDATE: according to TechCrunch, Spotify probably stopped offering the downloads because of the very low volumes of downloads it could sell.

UPDATE 2: Spotify PR just sent us this reaction:

We recently updated Spotify to further simplify the service and pave the way for new features announced at the end of last year. 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.

 

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