NEW YORK – Good news for American Spotify users who do not want to pay for their music -- the streaming service will continue to let them listen to anything they want, without restrictions, for a while longer.
The free music party was supposed to end three months ago, which would have meant that nonpaying users would face a 10-hours-a-month cap.
But the company extended the promotion, which it introduced during Spotify's US launch last summer, and it announced Thursday that it is extending it again.
Outside the US, Spotify also removed another limit on free music -- a restriction that meant free users could only hear a single song five times, period -- though the 10-hours-a-month restriction still stands.
The various restrictions are a result of negotiations with the big music labels and are designed to give users an incentive to upgrade their free accounts to premium ones and/or actually buy music from Spotify or other sources.
Paying users get to listen to Spotify without ads and can access the service from iPhones and Android handsets.