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How to Buy Spotify Download Bundles

By Kim Gilmour

Although you can buy a one-off track for £1.15, Spotify has negotiated with the record labels to provide download bundles, a group of credits that you can purchase and use to download whatever tracks are available. Bundles come in lots of 10, 15, 40, or 100. The more tracks in a bundle, the cheaper individual tracks become — proof that bulk buying really does extend to the digital world!

The current prices for buying tracks and track bundles on Spotify in the U.K. vary. Prices differ depending on your country; you can see the latest prices when you go to purchase a track.

To keep tabs on how many tracks are left in your download bundle, a number with a down-pointing arrow appears next to your name in the top-right corner of the Spotify window. When your downloads are close to expiring, Spotify regularly alerts you by displaying a yellow alert bar across the top of the window.

You can buy more downloads to extend their validity by clicking your name and then selecting Buy Downloads from the drop-down list that appears. Then follow the same method for purchasing a bundle.

Hang on a minute. You can download from Spotify for as little as 50 pence a track, you say? For prices that cheap, there has to be a catch, right? Well, kind of: Bundles are valid for 30 days, meaning that you have only a month to choose the tracks you want to download.

That’s fine if you buy only a 10- or 15-download bundle, but when you have 100 tracks to play with, you really need to know what tracks you want to purchase before you make that £50 commitment — perhaps several albums or playlists you’ve always wanted to own.

If you can’t decide what to buy and your 30-day limit is about to expire, then ironically, you can buy another bundle (of any size) to give all downloads, including the older ones, an expiration date of 30 days from the latest purchase.

Downloads can be extended in this way only up to a maximum of 90 days (any unused downloads initially purchased more than 90 days ago expire, even if you keep buying more bundles).

Don’t worry if you feel like this bundle-purchasing procedure is all too much to take in; as long as you use your download bundle within 30 days, you don’t have to worry about losing any downloads.

Remember, the tracks are DRM free, so they can be transferred to other computers — perhaps if you can’t use all your credits in time, you can find other people in the family who want to own some music.