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Friday, October 14, 2011

Spotify New User Agreement: Oct 14, 2011


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Just logged on to Spotify and got a little pop up window with a new user agreement. The window was pretty small. I agreed any way. Here's a link to the agreement the popped up if you want to read the whole thing, Spotify® Terms and Conditions of Use. Effective as from 14 October 2011. I begins like this:
This document (the “Agreement”) is a legally binding agreement between you and Spotify USA Inc., a Delaware company (“Spotify”), that governs your use of Spotify’s software application, including the Mobile Client as defined in Section 5 below (the “Spotify Software Application”) and online streaming Spotify Service (as defined below), both available at the Spotify Websites (as defined in the Spotify Privacy Policy). The Spotify Service can be accessed (i) as an ad-supported free-to-the-user service having no monthly cap on listening hours or a cap on number of plays of a unique track during the first 6 months following creation of your Spotify account but thereafter a cap of 10 listening hours per month and a cap of 5 plays per unique track (the “Free Service”), (ii) as an advertisement free version of the Spotify Service for which you pay a monthly or yearly subscription (the “Unlimited Service”), (iii) as an advertisement free version of the Spotify Service including an offline mode which makes it possible to listen to music without a connection to the Internet via conditional downloads and other additional features for which you pay a monthly or yearly subscription (the “Premium Service”), and (iv) as a version of the Spotify Service that provides access to aspects of the Spotify Service via a supported mobile handset (the “Mobile Service”). The Unlimited Service, the Premium Service and the Mobile Service are collectively referred to as the “Spotify Paid for Service”. The Free Service, the Unlimited Service, the Premium Service, and the Mobile Service are collectively referred to as the “Spotify Service”. Please note that you must read and agree to the terms and conditions of this Agreement before you use the Spotify Software Application or the Spotify Service. If you do not agree to the terms and conditions of the Agreement, you may NOT use the Spotify Software Application or the Spotify Service. For a detailed description of the features in each of the Spotify Paid for Services, please see the Spotify Websites.

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous5:41 PM

    Can someone please comment on what's changed in this latest Terms of Service agreement? Anything substantial in all that fine print?

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    1. Anonymous4:26 PM

      From what I understand, one must now have a separate subscription if they wish to use a mobile device with spotify? Additionally, They seem to have reduced the amount of "free" (with ads) listening time available to users. "a cap of 5 plays per unique track" - Does this mean each song (as a free user) can only be played 5 times per month??

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  2. Anonymous4:25 PM

    From what I understand, one must now have a separate subscription if they wish to use a mobile device with spotify? Additionally, They seem to have reduced the amount of "free" (with ads) listening time available to users. "a cap of 5 plays per unique track" - Does this mean each song (as a free user) can only be played 5 times per month??

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  3. Anonymous10:17 PM

    I am thinking it's time to get rid of spotify. Every time I log into facebook that agreement pops up. I have agreed to the stupid thing every time and it will NOT go away. They are using my play list that I have put tons of money into, I owe those idiots nothing. If they don't have us they don't have a business.

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