Spotify limits free lyrics, forcing users to get premium subscription

Spotify provides a free, ad-supported membership for individuals
An undated image of  Spotify logo. — Unsplash
An undated image of  Spotify logo. — Unsplash

Spotify, the music streaming service, has limited the number of songs that users may see lyrics for on their free accounts, similar to the service's skips-per-hour method.

When a user hits their quota, they must wait a certain length of time before being allowed to read further lyrics on Spotify. However, if users don't pay for a Spotify membership, they will lose access to another formerly free function.

When the restriction is reached, the app now recommends that users upgrade to a paid Premium membership. This will not prevent users from seeing the lyrics online, but users will lose the real-time sync and scrolling that Spotify provides with its in-app lyrics.

The music streaming service is presently requesting lyrics from composers, publishers, and independent artists.

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However, Spotify also collaborates with MusixMatch, which provides lyrics if the other options do not work. In addition, it may apply this new requirement to offset the expense of the cooperation.

Spotify provides a free, ad-supported membership for individuals wishing to save money on the subscription model.

Whereas, the service's functionality has been reduced over time, including restricting the number of tracks free-tier users can skip every hour (up to six) and preventing users from changing the playback order.

There are hints that Spotify is concentrating on AI technologies that might improve the entire user experience.

However, putting another formerly free function behind a paywall may entice non-paying customers to migrate to one of the other great music streaming services, such as YouTube Music or Apple Music.