(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.
"We’re currently not offering new download purchases on Spotify. You can still use downloads you’ve 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:
“We 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 aren’t part of this update but we’re not ruling out their return. Credits/gift cards already purchased are still redeemable.”
More from the Spotify FAQ:
“I still have downloads that haven’t been used”
That’s OK. You can still use them to download tracks. If a track is available for download, you’ll see the Get Track option when you right-click the track. Right-click track to buy
“Can I still re-download a track I have bought ?”
Yes. Just visit your Downloads page to see how many “re-downloads” you have left for each track.
“I have a Spotify gift card that can be used for downloads”
You’ll still be able to use that too. Even though it’s not possible to buy downloads using Spotify Desktop, you’ll still be able to use your Spotify gift card, as long as it’s one of the cards that features “Downloads” as an option. Go to the web address printed on the card to use it.