Down And Out: Spotify Stops Its Music Download Service In Europe, But How Many Were Using It Anyway?

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Spotify has made a mark in the music business with its hugely popular music streaming service, now with 20 million subscribers, 5 million of which pay monthly for it. But the company had also hedged its bets by also offering downloaded music, competing against the likes of Apple’s iTunes and Amazon in the process. All that now is changing: the company has halted music downloads to all customers, unless they have gift cards with a specific download link, in a push to “simplify” the service and “pave the way” for newer features like web-based browsing.

The change was first reported by Pocket Lint, and judging from a scan on Twitter there were people noting the change in at least two markets, the UK and Sweden. In Sweden, at least one person noticed the change before the new year (and another before Christmas), while in the UK it…

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