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A few months ago I started noticing that more and more songs in my Premium account playlists were no longer playing.
When I tried to play them, I got this well-known error:
"Spotify can't play this right now. If you have the file on your computer you can import it."
I understand the usual explanation is that those greyed out songs "aren't available in my country", or that the content owner has made it globally unavailable for reasons x or y. However, this is clearly not the issue - I explain why further down.
To test the theory, I logged out of Spotify in Firefox, created a new free account, and succesffuly played some of the songs that were greyed out in my premium account.
To test further, I logged out of my premium account on the Spotify desktop app and logged back in with the new account, and the same songs all play.
If the songs were blocked in my country, why can I play them with a free account from the same country as my premium account?
Answers to some questions that are asked often for these kinds of threads:
What is your OS ? and What version of Spotify Desktop are you using?
What are the devices where you get the same problem?
I'm also guessing you're going to ask me for examples of some of the songs I'm having trouble playing, so here are some examples: