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Spotify appears to be cracking down on people using modified Spotify apps. These apps deliver a Premium-like experience for free, but they clearly violate Spotify’s terms and conditions. Spotify is therefore cracking down on anyone making use of them.
Why People Pirate Spotify Premium
Spotify offers two main tiers: Free and Premium. There are some big differences between the two tiers, with Spotify Premium users getting ad-free listening and unlimited skips, amongst other things. However, Spotify Premium will set you back $9.99/month.
This has led some people to install modified Spotify apps. While these modified Spotify apps don’t add any Premium features, they can remove some of the annoying limitations placed on free users. And that really isn’t going to help Spotify’s bottom line.
We Have Detected Abnormal Activity
According to TorrentFreak, Spotify is now cracking down on users using these modified apps. The streaming service is reported to have started sending out emails to users, saying, “We detected abnormal activity on the app you are using so we have disabled it.”
At the moment, Spotify isn’t punishing users. In fact, it’s assuring them their account is safe, and merely asking them to “uninstall any unauthorized or modified version of Spotify” and install the official version instead.
Having my Spotify premium run out has been hell because I’m just tryna listen to Post Malone and every 3 songs I have to listen to Colonel Sanders advertise the new “Smokey Mountain BBQ meal for only 4.99 at KFC” three times in a row.
— Seth (@sethtgriffin) February 28, 2018
However, Spotify concludes the email by warning, “If we detect repeated use of unauthorized apps in violation of our terms, we reserve all rights, including suspending or terminating your account.” So there is at least the threat of termination.
Spotify also appears to be targeting the developers actually offering these modified apps using DMCA takedown notices. Unfortunately for Spotify, there will always be someone waiting in the wings willing to offer a replacement for anything that gets taken down.
Time to Consider Paying for Premium
You can’t really blame Spotify for taking action on these modified apps. The streaming service isn’t offering the Free tier out of the goodness of its heart, and it needs more people to pay for Premium. Especially as the company has recently filed to go public.
If you have been using a modified Spotify app now might be the time to consider upgrading to Spotify Premium. And luckily for you we have published an article explaining everything you need to know about Spotify Premium.