As of May 1st, any user who signed up to the free service on or before November 1st 2010 will be able to play each track for free up to a total of 5 times. Users who signed up after the beginning of November will see these changes applied 6 months after the time they set up their Spotify account.
There’s been a lot of hate shared; see the comments on the announcement quoted.
Recently I got the DSBridge solution to streaming Spotify working again (see http://mini.steveellwood.com/streaming-spotify-through-squeezebox-easily and my final comment) and £4.99 a month for unlimited streaming, with no adverts doesn’t sound bad for my use of Spotify…
Did everyone think free was going to live for ever? I have neither the time nor the inclination to “pirate everything” – and Spotify lets me hear a lot of the music my friends like.