Cuts to Spotify's free listening are sweeteners to the US music industry, where the streaming service wants to launch next

This article titled “Spotify's limits on free use will please the big record labels” was written by Charles Arthur, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 14th April 2011 17.02 UTC

It's obvious, innit? Spotify's announcement that it is going to limit free use on its music streaming service (although not for users who pay) must mean one of three things:

• it's on a membership drive, trying to push more people to hand over their cash instead of freeloading

• it's trying to cut its bandwidth costs – with a million users that would be hefty, even with all sorts of compression and local storage tricks

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