You are right in the sense that data is just data. In that sense, Spotify could let you burn Spotify "data" to an optical disk, but it would be completely useless to you, as it is encrypted. The issue is that decoding that data requires the Spotify application, so you need a supported Spotify application to decrypt that information.
The reasons why Spotify uses such as "closed " system when it comes to tracks is explained above.
So basically you want Spotify to invent a whole new burning CD technology/format (which is necessary to pay artists by played songs)? Especially in times where less and less people actually use CDs. Oh and of course because Spotify is a high technology business that is specialised on stuff like that...not.
If Spotify lacks imagination, you sure got too much of it. 😛
SBC - I feel you've missed the point a little. Yes, of course the technology is there to put songs from the Spotify catalogue onto CDs. However, If we were to make that possible, then you'd be able to burn all the music you'd like for the price of one months subscription, as I mentioned before. No artist or label would be happy with that.
Syncing your music onto a smartphone, with the Spotify app, allows Spotify to see how much a song is played. Allowing the artist to get compensated correctly. If you ran off with a CD with all the tracks on, Spotify wouldn't be able to register how many plays the tracks have had. It doesn't work.
The tracks are deliberately encrypted and you're unable burn them onto a CD for a reason. Just like you can't download the Spotify catalogue onto an iPod classic/nano/shuffle.
This is the most ridiculous explanation I've ever heard.
For $10/month, Spoitfy gives you access to software that links you to music (legally) without ads. This payment grants you the right to listen to their library of music at your will, as well as some additional perks including a limited use while offline. This right is removed if you don't take your app online with a validated payment every 30 days.
Suggesting that burning these songs to a CD is your "right" because you pay for this service is ludicrous. A one time payment of $10 does not give you free reign for 30 days to download and burn all of the music in the world and keep it forever. Suggesting otherwise shows you have no real ability to think and reason.
This isn't part of the service, so it isn't the responsibility of spotify to "fix" it.
When you sign up for premium, you can take your music and spotify's library with you wherever you go that has wifi or cell service. With the premium service you no longer have to be the person with large, unwieldy books of CDs. And let's face it, nobody wants to be that person.
You are not paying for the permanent rights to a copy of the music. Think of it as renting the music as opposed to owning it. Spotify is not selling you the music, so there's no reason, nor obligation to have a 'Burn' button.
As for your car or elsewhere, that's up to you. Get an FM transmitter, a tape deck adapter or utilize Bluetooth when it's available.
I don't mean to come off like an ass, but I think it's important to understand who is responsible for what
I have a somewhat unrelated question. Why is a moderator on these forums apologizing to this piece of garbage for asking him to stop being rude and verbally abusive?
Back on topic: Burning a CD isn't the same as syncing to your phone, because any syncing done from Spotify is done within a closed system. If you sync songs from Spotify to your phone, and then cancel your subscription, you don't get access to those songs any longer.
TBH, I think Spotify should conentrate on their core business. There are already a multitude of sites that provide music content for purchase. Why become just another broker? This is probably why they chose to drop it in the first place. Competition.