spotify-logoSpotify, the music streaming service, has quietly withdrawn the ability to purchase music.  With immediate effect anyone attempting to 'Get Track' receives a message "We're currently not supporting new download purchases"

Very few details are available other than a link to a help page detailing changes to download store.  Users with gift cards allowing 'Download' can use the remainder of their credits to purchase music.

All this has no effect on Premium users who may continue to download music for offline listening.

"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" said a spokesperson.

Daniel Ek, Spotify's founder and chief executive, said the service had 24 million active users, one fifth of whom pay to use the service. Spotify has so far paid more than $500 million to artists in royalties.

The music purchasing service was offered in partnership with 7digital in 2009 however was never available as part of the US launch.

Was there actually any great need for in-app purchases?  Most people who use Spotify are there because of the streaming service; why buy the track when you can stream it ?

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