Spotify, you have got to stop shedding so many songs from the a available list. Dont say "we cant control if an artist chooses to remove themselves for the platform" **bleep**. The problem is you can't find a way to be profitable while paying for the licences. You will lose some and gain some, no matter, what but the huge increase in the number of songs getting greyed out is telling a different story. I get that it's hard. Maybe it's impossible. Cutting my Christmas playlist in half is one way to start losing paying subscribers like me really fast. That might just be how you are choosing to go out if you see no other option. It doesnt seem to be protecting you from lawsuits, however.
Give us our songs back, or maybe just increase the availability for premium subscribers, I dont know, but if you don't figure it out fast, you will lose a lot of us and you wont get us back. That will really be the end.
Yeah, so several songs were carried over from importing my personal digital collection, but those songs aren't obscure and there've remained playable on the list for the last few years. Same with many of my playlists. Suddenly huge chucks are getting greyed out. Sure seems like Spotify is letting a lot of their licenses expire or is making a strategic decision to cut expenses by dropping significant portions of their inventory. It's sad. If this is what it costs to maintain a streaming inventory, I'll just go back to buying from the record labels. I could get one new album (or a few older ones) a month and keep it forever, for the money I spend on my family membership at spotify where I lose content regularly and have no assurances what songs will be available.
I'm with you. Songs I've had on my playlists since 2011/2012 are no longer available, and these are from albums released in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Some of the artists' biggest hits, and I can't listen to them through Spotify without importing my own file. It's frustrating. Then I go look at Amazon Unlimited or Apple Music and it's all available.