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Spotify warns sneaky free users hacking into Premium features with dodgy apps

Spotify is cracking down on a mobile app hack that enables non-paying users to access some features from the Premium subscription tier.

The streaming giant, which just announced plans to float on the stock exchange, is disabling “unauthorised” or “modified” versions of the official Spotify app.

Those modified apps feature hacked installation files that makes it possible for freeloaders to access unlimited skips and ad-free listening; both Premium-only features.

All those users need to do is sideload one of the hacked apps and enter their legitimate username and password in order to remove some of those restrictions on free usage (via TorrentFreak).

The company has contacted the would-be thieves advising them “abnormal activity” has been detected on the app.

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It advises users their account is safe, but the offending apps must be uninstalled and the official, undoctored client installed in order to access the music streaming.

The firm warns: “If we detect repeated use of unauthorised apps in violation of our terms, we reserve all rights including suspending or terminating your account.”

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Last week the company revealed it has 159 million users in total and around 88 million of those use Spotify Free.

It’s not clear how many of those users are hacking their way into Premium features, but it appears to be enough for Spotify to take action.

Given the firm is still reporting highly significant losses ahead of its pending IPO, and with the music industry constantly targeting higher royalties, it’s no surprise the firm is extremely sensitive when it comes to piracy.

However, with well-founded accusations the firm had padded-out playlists with ‘fake artists’ to avoid those royalty payments, perhaps you can’t blame Free users for swinging the lead too?

Are you a Spotify Premium user annoyed by freeloaders? Or do you think they’re missing out by accessing the free service? Let us know @TrustedReviews on Twitter.

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