Spotify is cracking down on users who are running modified versions of the software that remove some of the restrictions on free accounts, as reported by Torrent Freak. The company has been sending emails in the last few days to those with pirated accounts, saying it has "detected abnormal activity in the application" and has deactivated the account in question. Spotify has not removed these accounts completely, and users can reactivate them once they uninstall the illegal software and download the official Spotify application.
Around 88 million accounts are registered for the free version of Spotify, which injects advertising and imposes limitations such as the game of random reproduction. However, many sites offer downloads of fake Spotify installation files that make free accounts act, to a certain extent, as Premium accounts. All you have to do is sign up for a free account, then download the modified version and enter your credentials. This hack does not change accounts from free to Premium (for example, it does not provide access to higher quality transmissions), but it does allow some Premium features, such as unlimited jumps.
It is not clear how many of these modified accounts exist or how problematic it is for the company, which is preparing to go public. Spotify has 159 million users worldwide, and 71 million of those accounts are paid premium subscribers, but it has still struggled to make a profit, given the paper transmission margins as fine as paper.
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