Say what you will about the deluge of subscriptions, but I like subscribing to a streaming music service so I can explore music without the stress of having to decide if I want to buy any particular track.
but the straw that broke the camel’s back was when I ran headfirst into Spotify’s 10,000 track limit. You read that right — despite the fact that Spotify is a streaming service that contains over 30 million tracks, you cannot add more than 10,000 to your collection. This utterly arbitrary limit was a true deal-breaker.
I had no idea that Spotify had a 10,000-track limit. We groaned back in the day when iTunes Match was launched with a 25,000-track limit, and we sighed with relief when that was increased, both for iTunes Match and Apple Music – to 100,000 tracks. Naturally, it’s a bit different, since Apple’s services let you upload your own library. But since with Spotify you don’t use any of their server space, why have such a low limit?
Someone at Apple told me a few years ago that the average user has a library of a few thousand tracks. But, again, this is a combination of their own music and music they’ve added from Apple Music. With a service like this, which allows you to listen to millions of tracks, how can they limit your collection to 10,000?