Exclusive: Spotify is quietly moves lyrics behind a paywall

Spotify has apparently found a new way to push its free users toward a paid subscription: It’s putting songs behind a paywall. follow various reports with citing a reference disappointed post From users on Reddit, the company is quietly confirming the change — but without a direct statement. Instead, the company simply told TechCrunch that Spotify’s features may vary over time, across markets, and across different devices. The response indicates that the change in lyrics may be more than just a test but Spotify is not ready to make an official announcement about the affected markets yet.

However, there were some signs that Spotify was moving in this direction. Last fall, company Was seen Locking song lyrics for non-paying users. Free users who tried to use the feature will see a message that reads, “Enjoy the song on Spotify Premium.”

However, at the time, a Spotify spokesperson clarified that the change was “only a test” happening with a limited number of users in a “pair of markets.” Spotify is no longer referring to the changes as a test, though it’s unclear why it wouldn’t document song access as a premium feature somewhere on its website — like on the page where users can upgrade plans Or under its help documentation. This may be because the company is still testing the monthly song limit for free accounts; free user report Seeing messages telling them it counts towards the new limit every time they tap “Show Lyrics”.

Spotify didn’t provide many details about why it’s now paywalling songs, but clearly, it’s an effort to get more people into its paid tier. In its most recent quarter, the company reached More over 600 million monthly active users, Ahead of estimates, and paid subscribers were up to 236 million+, representing 15% growth year-over-year. However, quarterly revenue was Analyst expectations missed Of 3.72 billion euros, 3.67 billion ($3.94 billion USD) is coming instead.

It remains to be seen whether blocking lyrics will motivate more people to subscribe. For example, song lyrics are readily available and free on the web and in other apps that work with Spotify, such as Genius, Apple’s Shazam or Musicmatch.