Spotify Cracks Down on Hacked Apps

Spotify Cracks Down on Hacked Apps
Spotify targets users who install hacked versions of its app to access premium services without paying.

(CCM) — Spotify has launched a crackdown on users who install "hacked" Android applications which allow them to access the music service's premium content without paying, according to a Newsweek report.

These applications — such as one called "Dogfood" — effectively upgrade a user's free account to a paid-for account, which is advert-free and offers many more listening options.

But Spotify can detect when these applications are being used, and has begun sending out warning emails to users saying: "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 unauthorized or modified version of Spotify and download and install the Spotify app from the official Google Play Store."

The email the goes on to warn that repeated use of hacked applications may result in a user's account being suspended or terminated.

Spotify has about 159 million active users, of which about 70 million pay a monthly fee for the premium service.

The company has recently filed on the New York Stock Exchange to go public in a deal which could value the company at more than $20 billion.

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