Spotify, against pirates: users of modified apps begin to receive notices

If until now using one of the many applications, Pirate of Spotify for Android, I fear that you’ll have to get rid of it if you want to continue using the music platform. As reported in TorrentFreak, the company behind the popular service streaming music has begun to send emails to all those who use third-party apps to bypass the limitations of the access mode, inviting them to uninstall any unauthorized app.

Unofficial or modified applications such as Spotify Dogfood, an open-source variant that bypassed some of the restrictions of the original app, are the main ones affected by this decision, which will force users to pay for a Premium subscription if they want to enjoy your music in the highest quality and without ads. In the case of the app above, in addition, both the thread XDA-Developers and the GitHub repository have been withdrawn at the request of Spotify itself. However, it is not the only application affected.

Goodbye to pirates on Spotify

Goodbye to pirates on Spotify

The measure carried out by Spotify consists of sending notifications to those users who use modified apps, indicating that, as a temporary measure, their Spotify account is suspended until the unauthorized app is uninstalled from the device. The warning that some users pirated Spotify are receiving indicates the following:

Dear user:

We detect abnormal activity in the application you are using, so we have disabled it. Don’t worry; your Spotify account is safe.

To access your Spotify account, uninstall any modified or unauthorized version of Spotify and download and install the Spotify app from the official Google Play store. If we detect repeated use of unauthorized apps in violation of our terms, we reserve all rights, including suspension or termination of your account.

Indefinitely. Although the notice ensures that the Spotify account of users who use unauthorized apps remains safe, the end indicates that if they continue to use applications of this type, the report could be suspended or canceled. It is also necessary to comment that not all users of this type of apps seem to be receiving notifications at the moment, although it is most likely that they will begin to do so as the days go by.

Today, it is unknown what estimated number of users have received this notice. But it should not be reduced, considering that around 88 million of the more than 160 million subscribers to the platform are users of the access mode, and “only” 72 million pay for a Premium model. Therefore, I am terrified that the number of users of modified apps has skyrocketed in recent months. Enough that Spotify has decided to take drastic action.