(UPDATED) Spotify has eliminated the ability to buy downloads on it's UK and European sites. U.S. users never had the option. When users try to buy, a message appears: "We're no longer supporting new download purchases on Spotify". The shift is certain to upset those artists and labels already concerned by income streams from Spotify.
"Weâre currently not offering new download purchases on Spotify. You can still use downloads youâve already purchased," reads the Spotify UK FAQ. Previously purchased tracks will continue to be available within Spotify playlists. The changes were noticed late yesterday by Pocket Lint and overnight Spotify released this statement:
âWe recently updated Spotify to further simplify the service and pave the way for new features announced at the end of last year. In-app purchases arenât part of this update but weâre not ruling out their return. Credits/gift cards already purchased are still redeemable.â
More from the Spotify FAQ:
âI still have downloads that havenât been usedâ
Thatâs OK. You can still use them to download tracks. If a track is available for download, youâll see the Get Track option when you right-click the track. Right-click track to buy
âCan I still re-download a track I have bought ?â
Yes. Just visit your Downloads page to see how many âre-downloadsâ you have left for each track.
âI have a Spotify gift card that can be used for downloadsâ
Youâll still be able to use that too. Even though itâs not possible to buy downloads using Spotify Desktop, youâll still be able to use your Spotify gift card, as long as itâs one of the cards that features âDownloadsâ as an option. Go to the web address printed on the card to use it.