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Spotify Lifts Song Download Cap

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  1. Melody Bot

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    Amy X. Wang, writing at Rolling Stone:

    A common gripe among Spotify users is that the app limits the number of songs that can be downloaded to phones and computers for offline listening (3,333 tracks per device, with a three-device limit, to be exact). In its latest software update, the streaming service has quietly increased the limit threefold.

    A number of power-users first noticed that they were able to save more than 3,333 songs this week, and the Swedish streaming giant confirmed the change on Wednesday to Rolling Stone.

    A well deserved finally.

  2. K_special93 Sep 14, 2018
    (Last edited: Sep 15, 2018)


    Honestly the reason i left Spotify in the first place. I just might go back now that it’s increased. But you can’t really beat unlimited downloads on Apple Music. Just wish their playlist Apple Music had didn’t suck most of the time
  3. Tyler Mills

    Bread makes you fat?! Supporter

    Now if they would just get rid of the arbitrary 10,000 song library limit for paid subscribers. Makes no sense to have a limit, it's literally just a flag that shows the songs in your library. I don't want to be forced to organize all of my music in playlists
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  4. jorbjorb

    7 rings

    this. Recently hit the cap.
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  5. Logan Merrill


    I had now idea there was a cap, I personally still use my iPod classic from like 12 years ago. I use Spotify to stream before I buy.
  6. JulieLynn

    I hate it here Supporter

    I would have done the same thing...if the hard drive inside of it didn't die 7 years ago. I used the hell out of my Ipod back in the day.
  7. KyleK

    Let's get these people moving faster! Supporter

    Didn't realize there was a cap - but it sounds like i use the service differently than most. If I'm on a computer or streaming from my phone/laptop/xbox at home I tend to just have my long list of followed artists that I'll pick albums to stream, and then I'm constantly changing the collection of albums I have downloaded to my phone for my commute/car. But I'd never have anywhere near 3,333 songs downloaded at one time.
  8. Snoblin

    Goblin Person Prestigious

    I must use this service differently as well. I probably only have around 500-1000 songs downloaded at a time through a variety of playlists. Otherwise I'm on wi-fi, or my phone data (which is unlimited) so I don't really worry about that kind of stuff.
  9. mattav152


    Yeah I have unlimited data and good service/hotspots most places I go, so losing the download cap is alright but not a game changer. I'd be ecstatic if they dropped the library cap and let me organize my music by year. I'm constantly having to remove stuff from my library to make room for new releases.
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  10. SmithBerryCrunch

    Trusted Prestigious

    This is probably a dumb question, but say I have an album downloaded on the Spotify app on my phone. If I play go to my library and play it from there, it plays the files downloaded to my phone. If I just go to browse and search for it and then start playing it, it's still playing from the local files right? I just get paranoid that I'm gonna be using data playing music and not know it.
  11. This is just bonkers. I can't believe they still do this.
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  12. Analog Drummer Sep 14, 2018
    (Last edited: Sep 14, 2018)
    Analog Drummer


    I play them on airplane often if that answers your question. I’m not sure if I answered though

    I had no idea there was a limit tbh anyway. My phone gets full first.
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  13. Tylar


    This is good, I also wish they’d give us a way to reset our listening history. Same with Apple Music, I use both and would like more accurate recommended music of what I’m currently listening to.
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  14. slickdtc

    Regular Supporter

    Yeah, put me in the camp that recently hit the 10,000 songs saved. I’ve yet to hit the download cap but I must be close to it; I’ve got a 2000 song playlist that is downloaded for my commutes.

    It’s funny how everyone uses Spotify differently. For me, I save entire albums. So I’m usually going to the albums tab and playing through there. Or if I’m feeling adventurous, to the songs tab and shuffle play all.
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  15. Kiana

    Goddamn, man child Prestigious

    Huh I never knew there was a cap. I guess I just save certain albums and listen to them via my songs and then after a few months I switch them out for others so I've never hit it before.
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  16. adrian

    stay healthy, put it in the hoop Supporter

    Not to mention that each saved album apparently counts as a “song”.
  17. Analog Drummer


    That’s exactly my way
  18. bradsonemanband

    Prestigious Supporter

    My phone must REALLY be old because I usually can’t download more than like 500 songs before I run out of space completely. Haha.
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  19. KyleK

    Let's get these people moving faster! Supporter

    Me too. For that same reason, I don't "save" albums aside from those I'm downloading, so I make sure when I browse through my albums to play I only can select downloaded music. Though I imagine if I didn't have a data cap that I'd do it a lot differently.
  20. noKings


    Didn't realize people downloaded this many songs. Weird.
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  21. Analog Drummer


    I got 15GB monthly data up from 9GB recently so I’ll be less likely to save any albums. But yeah mainly the new ones i know I’m gonna smash in the new few weeks I’ll download or bands I’ll be seeing live.
    But like Brad my iphone6 is well full before I’m close to even saving over 20 albums
  22. BEsterley

    Newbie Supporter

    No worries with my iPhone/Apple it..I use mostly my own music, so I have no conplaints about the “recommended” side of it.