The Flickr, the popular image and video hosting service, was owned by SmugMug last April and announced its first major change.
Flickr updated his users with one Press release, which said: "Unfortunately, free services are rarely really free for users. Users pay with their data or with time. We would prefer regulations to be transparent. "
Free users can now download 1.000 photos regardless of their size.
Free users who have uploaded more than 1.000 photos to their Flickr account have been allowed until 8 January 2019 to upgrade to the Pro version with unlimited storage or delete their surplus photos from Flickr servers.
After 8 January 2019, these users will not be able to upload more photos and 5 February 2019, Flickr will start deleting the above photos until the number drops to 1.000. The company will first remove the older photos.
While degrading services for free users, Flickr brings some major changes to Pro accounts, whose annual subscription costs 49,99 dollars.
Pro accounts will allow users to upload unlimited photos and videos in full resolution. Other features include the removal of ads, statistics on the performance of their photos, premier customer service and much more. Now pro account users can upload videos up to 10 minutes as opposed to the previous limit of 3 minutes.
To facilitate free users, Flickr also announced a 30% discount for the first year of Pro subscription. Offer is valid until November 30.
In addition, from January onwards, Flickr users can log in without using a Yahoo! account.