Down And Out: Spotify Halts Its Music Download Service In Europe, But How Many Were Using It Anyway? [Updated]

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http://techcrunch.com – Spotify has made a mark in the music business with its hugely popular music streaming service, now with 20 million subscribers, 5 million of which pay monthly for it. But the company had also hedged its bets by also offering downloaded music, competing against the likes of Apple’s iTunes and Amazon in the process. All that now is changing: the company has halted music downloads to all customers, unless they have gift cards with a specific download link, in a push to “simplify” the service and “pave the way” for newer features like web-based browsing. The change wa (IT news)