There are not many advantages to living in a country that receives streaming services later than everyone else. However, Spotify’s late arrival to South Africa might mean that you have avoided hitting their hard cap on songs.
When it comes to streaming music, we are able to choose between Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play Music (soon to be replaced by YouTube music), and Tidal; the latter caters to audiophiles looking for lossless audio.
In South Africa, we had to wait for Spotify; the world’s number one streaming platform only arrived in the country in 2018. Of the big players in streaming space, the one big name we’re still hoping to see here is Pandora.
Spotify’s library limit
Spotify’s next update will be removing the limit on the total number songs you can add to your library so if you haven’t seen the dreaded message telling you’ve hit the limit yet then you never will.
Spotify has a catalogue of over 50 million songs available to users. What many users probably never found out is that you can only add 10 000 of them to your “Your Music” collection.
A message on Twitter confirmed that limit is now a thing of the past; developers finally listened to users who have been voicing their frustration about this limit since 2017. @_Felipe said on Twitter
“This is no more. After today, you can add as many songs as you like to your Liked Songs on @Spotify. I’ve been working with a small team on the refactoring necessary to pull this off for a while now. Very happy to see this finally out.”
The update is being rolled out
Up until now, Spotify’s official position was that this wasn’t a priority as very few of their users were actually saving that many songs to their library.
“At the moment we don’t have plans to extend the Your Music limit. The reason is because less than 1% of users reach it.”
The changes, however, will only lift the limit for individual songs added in the “Your Music” collection. You’ll still only be able to add a maximum of 100 000 songs to an individual playlist.
In addition, you will also still be limited to only being able to download 10000 songs to listen to offline. This limit will apply to each of the five different devices you are able to link to your account.
According to Spotify, the update is already being rolled out but might not be available to all customers at once. So if you’re part of the 1% of Spotify users who hit the limit, you may have to wait a little while longer until the update reaches your device.