Spotify suspends download purchases

Users told they can't buy new tracks, but can download previous purchases

David Bayon
4 Jan 2013

Spotify is no longer allowing users to purchase new music for download through its desktop client.

First spotted by Pocket-lint, attempts to buy and download a track are met with the message, "We're currently not supporting new download purchases on Spotify," and a link to a rather vague FAQ page.

Spotify suspends music download purchases

Spotify previously allowed users to buy download tokens, each of which could be used to download a track permanently onto a local PC.

According to the support page, users with valid Spotify gift cards can still use them to obtain their downloads, and previously purchased tracks are still accessible.

The change affects both Premium and free accounts, and it's not clear whether it's permanent, or if it affects users outside the UK.

UPDATE: Spotify has issued a statement on the matter:

"We recently updated Spotify to further simplify the service and pave the way for new features announced at the end of last year. In-app purchases aren't part of this update but we're not ruling out their return. Credits/gift cards already purchased are still redeemable."

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