Spotify is in the process of sending out warning emails to some of its users accessing its music streaming service through hacked apps. These apps tend to override the restrictions Spotify has placed for free usage of its streaming.
Spotify's email informs the user of abnormal activity occurring from their account and warns them of account termination.
As per the report by TorrentFreak, Spotify's 159 million strong audience has around 71 million premium subscribers and the rest use the service for free. The latter one comes with several restrictions such as shuffle-only play, non-allowance to skip tracks and advertisements.
Modified Spotify apps, however, remove many of these restrictions giving a free user many of the privileges reserved for the premium user.
“We detected abnormal activity on the app you are using so we have disabled it. Don’t worry – your Spotify account is safe. To access your Spotify account, simply uninstall any unauthorised 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.” says the email.
At the end of the message, there is also a warning which states that non-compliance with Spotify's warning could lead to an immediate suspension or possible termination of the user's account.
The report states that it is as of yet not clear on how much reduction in modified Spotify accounts this message will lead to, however, it is quite clear that the Swedish music streaming giant is moving swiftly against defaulters.