Spotify is blocking those who use pirate program to download music | Legislation

Spotify allows premium plan users to download songs for offline listening, but tracks are limited to in-app playback — in this scenario, third-party apps can seem like a good alternative for downloading your favorite songs and listening wherever you want. But the streaming service has tightened its grip to prevent piracy, and has started blocking accounts of customers who were using a pirated platform to download tracks at considerably higher-than-standard speeds.


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How reported the TorrentFreak, several users who were taking advantage of Audials Music to download songs from Spotify as MP3 in order to listen to them on any device were taken by surprise when the streaming giant suspended their accounts for violating the terms of use.

The first reports of the suspension took place a few weeks ago on the official Audials Music forum. According to users, Spotify is sending an email to warn about the account blocking. “Spotify has determined that your account was involved in misuse of the Spotify service that violates the terms of use, including potentially inappropriate downloads,” the statement said.

High playback speed denounced Audials Music

Audials Music doesn’t just download songs from Spotify, but also from services like Amazon Music, Deezer, Soundcloud and TIDAL. Its mechanism is to capture the audio streams, cut them into individual tracks and save them locally to MP3 — with an interesting difference in Spotify: it plays at speeds up to “30 times faster than the standard”.

Apparently, it was this high-speed function that alerted Spotify to using the program to download music improperly. The Audials Music team explained that:

“The Audials has a ‘high speed’ function. This one almost ‘makes time go by faster’, so Spotify plays music faster and recording is faster. However, this means that the data stored by Spotify can say, for example, that you listened to a song with a playing time of 50 minutes in 5 minutes”.

Recording streams is not illegal, says Audials

Copyright laws involving streaming are still quite nebulous in some countries, but according to Audials Music, recording broadcasts without bypassing DRM (Digital Rights Management) is “clearly legal to under US copyright law”—on the other hand, sharing them is illegal.

Despite this issue, Spotify prohibits, in its terms of use, the recording of content from the platform:

“[É proibido] copy, redistribute, reproduce, “rip”, record, transfer, perform or publicly display, post, or make publicly available any part of the Spotify Service or the Content, or make any use of the Spotify Service or Content other than expressly permitted by the Agreements or applicable law or otherwise infringing intellectual property rights (such as copyrights) relating to the Spotify Service or the Content or any part thereof.”

According to Audials, users reported being able to unlock Spotify accounts through the service’s support. The program also recommends that people not use the high speed function to avoid further suspensions. “If you want to avoid blocking, you shouldn’t use the Audials’ ‘high speed’ option when recording, especially after it’s been unlocked,” says the team.

With information: TorrentFreak.

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