10-04-2012 04:44 PM - edited 10-04-2012 04:46 PM
The problem is that many (major and indie) labels have to be negotiated with to make a service like this possible in one country, while many artists are signed to different labels in different countries (especially when comparing US to UK).
Next, you probably have to take different collecting societies into consideration, which will all want (to distribute) their share of your 10 bucks a month (to the artists you play). Just take a look at this wikipedia list (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_copyright_col
10-04-2012 05:12 PM
Well ofcause many labels have to be negotiated, but doesn't that go for every country, so my question is why are these labels ok with all but two countries with spotify having the 5 play thing dropped but not the Uk, it's got to be down to more then just the labels, it's got to be down to laws etc
16-04-2012 01:01 PM
The UK missing out as usual. Several of us use my free spotify account and I can't really justify a subscription with my phone contract etc. I presumed by the title that the changes would be for all markets, but ridiculously this is not the case.
28-04-2012 03:52 PM
I'm in the UK but have been using Spotify for quite a while now, much longer than six months. For almost a year I've been an Unlimited subscriber but switched back to the free account earlier this month as my old card expired and I just haven't gotten around to udating the details yet. This means the 5 plays limit is new to me and one I'm really not happy about. This isn't exactly working as an incentive to re-subscribe or buy the song (I've more than likely got on an old CD somehere).
It's a shame as I'm very supportive of the business model and really do think this is the right direction for the music industry to be heading. Adverts I understand, but a limit on the number of times you can listen to a song is coercion and I will not be coerced into making a purchase.
28-04-2012 03:57 PM
28-04-2012 04:15 PM
I understand this, but that's what the limit does feel like. I'm clearly not the only person who feels that way and I'm guessing the majority of people don't bother to make their way to your community pages and search for a thread which explains the reasons behind the limit. Besides, I believe it is a case of coercion from the labels and rights holders, if not Spotify itself.
28-04-2012 05:23 PM
30-04-2012 12:41 AM
I have just received an email from Spotify saying they're missing me. I'm sure they are - I've been a member since about the time Jack the Ripper stalked the streets of Whitechapel, but have got thoroughly brassed off with being unable to play many tracks in my (approx) 400-title list. I have just checked and discover that more than 50 tracks are greyed out. Obviously, the majority of these are my favourites. I wasn't aware of the five-play limit until logging in here, but that is no comfort to me. As a result of this embargo, I returned to another site a while back where there are no such restrictions and I can listen to all the tracks in my 500-title catalogue (even if I have paid for about a dozen of them). I left that site, as I thought for good, and migrated many, many moons ago to Spotify (at their request) because the grass seemed much greener. It was - until some spoilsport sprayed weedkiller around, leaving ugly brown patches all over my lawn. Sorry, Spotify, but while it may not be your fault I feel extremely p-----d off that once again, we in the UK are handed the **bleep**ty end of the stick to hold. Perhaps those responsible will wake up and smell the coffee before it's too late.