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Spotify Imposes Paywall on Free Users to Access Song Lyrics

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Spotify Imposes Paywall on Free Users to Access Song Lyrics

Spotify has seemingly decided to put its lyrics feature behind a paywall, thus forcing free users to upgrade their subscription plans.

Spotify puts its lyrics feature behind a paywall

Spotify has been taking various steps to implement changes to its business model. Last month, it announced that it will once again increase its prices and introduce a new “Basic” plan to attract more customers. It has also launched many new features, including an AI playlist tool, and implemented a new royalty payout system that negatively impacts smaller artists.

Now, it seems that the streaming giant has decided to introduce yet another change to its subscription system that will diminish the experience of free users. Allegedly, it will put its lyrics feature behind a paywall, forcing those who would like to access it further to purchase a premium subscription. According to Music Business Worldwide, the paywall has been previously tested, with some users receiving a message within the app to upgrade their subscription plan when trying to look into song lyrics.

All changes to its pricing model came after Spotify’s paid subscriptions rose by 15% (31 million) in 2023 and after it initiated three rounds of job cuts to save costs. Users and musicians alike have been complaining about the platform prioritizing financial incentives and growth over the user experience, affordability, and enjoyability of the app. With that being said, Spotify still has to confirm the change officially.

Find out more about the recent challenges and developments within the music business in our article about the current state of the music industry.

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