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Spotify unveils new £4.99 per month tariff

Free version restricted to 20 hours per month

Spotify has launched a new £4.99-per-month tariff for web users who want to stream music online.

Previously, the Swedish service offered two options: users could either stream music for free using an advertising-supported service or pay £10-per-month for ad-free listening.

However, from today the free version of Spotify, which has been dubbed 'Open', is being restricted to 20 hours of music streaming per month.

To access unlimited streaming, web users will have to purchase the 'Unlimited' package, which costs £4.99-per-month but is also advert-free.

The 'Open' option also allows users to skip the 'invite system' that meant web users could only join the music-streaming service if asked by an existing member.

Spotify first removed the invite-only restriction in February 2009. However, it reinstated the requirement in September, due to the "huge demand" caused by the launch of an app for Apple iPhones and handsets running the Google Android platform.

The £10 per month 'Premium' subscription remains and ensures users can access playlists from the service offline and via their mobile phone.

"We're really excited to offer more choices for users and existing users who are happy with their current plan won't be affected by these updates," said Spotify's Andres Sehr, in a blog.

For more information on the new tariffs, visit Spotify's dedicated web page.

See also: Spotify has 320,000 paying users


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