CALIFORNIA, U.S. - In a bid to crackdown on users pirating Premium-like service, Spotify has launched a crackdown.
As Spotify prepares to go public, the company has said that it will be cracking down on users who run modded versions of the software that remove some of the restrictions on free accounts.
The misuse that was first reported in TorrentFreak involves the use of sites that offer downloads of doctored Spotify installation files that make free accounts act — to a degree — like Premium accounts.
To make use of this, users have to simply register for a free account, then download the modified version and enter their credentials.
While the hack doesn’t change accounts from free to Premium, it does enable some Premium features like unlimited skips.
Spotify has said that it has been sending out emails over the past few days to those with the hacked accounts.
The email claim that the company has “detected abnormal activity on the app” and disabled the account in question.
However, Spotify hasn’t deleted these accounts outright, and users can reactivate them once they uninstall the illicit software and download the official Spotify app.
The company warned users, “If we detect repeated use of unauthorized apps in violation of our terms, we reserve all rights including suspending or terminating your account.”
Currently, around 88 million accounts are registered for the free version of Spotify.
The free version is, however, injected with advertising and imposes limitations like shuffle-only play.
So far, it remains unclear how many of these modded accounts exist or how much of a problem it is for the company.
Spotify currently boasts of 159 million users around the world, and 71 million of those accounts are said to be paid premium subscribers, but it has still struggled to turn a profit.