Song lyrics on Spotify are useful for those who like to sing along. The feature is now behind a paywall.
Spotify is undoubtedly the most popular music streaming service. The service is free to use, which means it attracts more users than competitors Tidal and Apple Music. However, Spotify would like to see more paying subscribers and therefore puts song lyrics behind a paywall.
Until recently, everyone could still view song lyrics in Spotify. On the desktop version of the app, this can be done by clicking a button in the bottom bar; In the mobile version of the app, you just have to scroll down when you see the album cover. However, that function will disappear for those who use Spotify for free.
It turns out that Spotify has placed the function behind a paywall. Do you scroll down to read music lyrics? You will then be told that you can enjoy the function with a Premium subscription.
This is not a permanent change, says a PR manager at Spotify. The music streaming service, as is often the case, first tests the function with a limited number of users. Don’t they encounter too much opposition? Then it may well be that the function will eventually be rolled out to all users.
The streaming service has since announced that the number of users who use its services for free has increased by 34% since last year. This brings the total to 343 million free users. On the other hand, the number of paying users is now 200 million – an increase of 17% compared to last year. It is therefore important for Spotify to get more people onto the paying plan, even if that means that functions will be behind a paywall.
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