Spotify has apparently discovered a brand new method to push its free customers to a paid subscription: It’s placing lyrics behind a paywall. Following numerous reports citing frustrated posts from customers on Reddit, the corporate is quietly confirming the change — however with out a direct assertion. As an alternative, the corporate instructed For Millionaires merely that Spotify’s options can range over time, between markets and throughout gadgets. The response signifies the change to lyrics could also be greater than only a check however that Spotify isn’t but ready to make an official announcement about affected markets.

There have been some indications that Spotify was heading on this path, nevertheless. Final fall, the corporate was noticed locking down lyrics for nonpaying customers. Free customers who tried to entry the characteristic would see a message that learn, “Take pleasure in lyrics on Spotify Premium.”

Nevertheless, at the moment, a Spotify spokesperson clarified that the adjustments had been “solely a check” that was happening with a restricted variety of customers in a “pair of markets.” Spotify is not referring to the adjustments as a check, although it’s unclear why it wouldn’t doc entry to lyrics as being a premium characteristic someplace on its web site — like on the web page the place customers can upgrade plans or inside its assist documentation. That may very well be as a result of the corporate continues to be testing the month-to-month restrict on lyrics at no cost accounts; free customers report seeing messages that inform them that each time they faucet “Present lyrics,” it counts towards the brand new restrict.

Spotify didn’t provide any extra element about why it’s now paywalling lyrics, however clearly it’s a bid to push extra individuals to its paid tier. In its most up-to-date quarter, the corporate reached greater than 600 million month-to-month energetic customers, forward of estimates, and paid subscribers had been as much as 236 million+, representing 15% year-over-year progress. Nevertheless, quarterly income had missed analyst expectations of three.72 billion euros, coming in at 3.67 billion ($3.94 billion) as an alternative.

Whether or not blocking lyrics will push extra individuals to subscribe stays to be seen. Lyrics are simply obtainable and free through the net and in different apps that work alongside Spotify, like Genius, Apple’s Shazam or Musixmatch, for instance.