Spotify doesn’t like it when you use hacked versions of their app to try and bypass the irritations the free tier users have to put up with.
There’s 159 million users of the song streaming service. 71 million cough up cash to remove the annoyances such as ads, shuffle only playing and track skipping restrictions. And who can blame them.
It turns out some of the non paying users are skanking Spotify and Spotify spotted this and politely asked the skankers to kindly cease their skanking.
All you needed to do was locate a cracked version of the app, side load it, pop in your username and password and off you jolly well went. Enjoying ad free listening without having to pay Spotify a penny.
Spotify bite back
Basically, Spotify sent all these users an email saying “Please stop ripping us off, you naughty naughty boys*”
The email read:
“To access your Spotify account, simply uninstall any unauthorized or modified version of Spotify and download and install the Spotify app from the official Google Play Store. If you need more help, please see our support article on Reinstalling Spotify”.
They got a bit hardcore threatening the users:
“If we detect repeated use of unauthorised apps in violation of our terms, we reserve all rights, including suspending or terminating your account.”
For people that used their real creds, it could present a problem, but if I was going to pirate some music I’d probably create a fake account using a fake email address. But maybe that’s just me.
It’s clear that The Spotster is not just after the end users, but also the creators of these unofficial apps. They wrote to Github asking them to remove an app called Dogfood. The takedown notice is here.
For now, at least, Spotify isn’t getting too legal, but who knows what will happen if this softly softly approach will last. Especially with their planned IPO and $23bn valuation.
*It might have been some women, but I wager it was mostly blokes.