Over the past few weeks it has been consistently rumored that music labels, under pressure from Apple, will force Spotify to shut down its free music streaming service. A recent report suggested that the Spotify free music streaming option will be shut down in favor of a three month free trial following which users will have to pay or look for their streaming fix elsewhere. However the company has now confirmed that this isn’t going to happen.
Spotify allows users to listen to music for free but they have to put up with advertisements, moreover they don’t have all of the features that premium users do, such as the ability to stream tracks on-demand.
The model appears to be working for the music streaming service, that’s what a spokesperson for Spotify tells Pocket-Lint, calling recent rumors about the demise of the free streaming option “totally fake.”
Apple is rumored to launch a new music streaming service at WWDC 2015 next month and it’s said that the company wants music labels to clamp down on free streaming options so that it can have a better chance of bringing in new subscribers with its competitive subscription pricing.
For its part Spotify is telling its subscribers that they have nothing to worry about and that they’ll be able to listen to music for free as always, “the model is working,” Spotify’s spokesperson tells the scribe.
Hopefully the company’s position on this won’t shift any time soon.
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