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Spotify is cracking down on free users that are stealing Premium service

Spotify is cracking down on free users that are stealing Premium service

Spotify, the major music-streaming service that's about to launch an unusual initial public offering, is cracking down on services that give its free users access to premium-level features.

Under no circumstances would we normally advise users to go with the latter option, and now there's even more reason to steer clear of hacked Spotify apps.

Gizmodo has reached out to Spotify to clarify whether its email meant that subscribers' accounts have been disabled until they log in to the authentic app, or if Spotify is claiming to have disabled a modified app itself. TorrentFreak obtained a copy of the email, informing users about "abnormal activity", where it warns of termination of the account over repeated use.

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However, with well-founded accusations the firm had padded-out playlists with "fake artists" to avoid those royalty payments, perhaps you can't blame Free users for swinging the lead? Spotify also doesn't talk about the specific abnormalities, but it goes without saying if you've received an email then it's possible you are using anything but the official Spotify app from the Google Play Store. There are more than 159 million users around the world, 71 million of those are paid subscribers, as per the company's latest figures released last December. All that's required is a user's legitimate Spotify username and password and some premium features are unlocked. The modified file allows them to access the premium service without having to pay for it. There is no clarity on how many people use the hacked version of Spotify.

The free version of Spotify comes with ads and limited functionality, especially on mobile, in a deliberate bid to upsell premium subscriptions, which is where the streaming service and the music industry really makes its money.


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