If you’re among the many users who are sharing a $17.99 a month Spotify Family account with friends to save a few bucks, it seems the free ride may be running out. Spiegel online reports that a number of premium users are receiving an email requesting confirmation of “their location”, suggesting a potentially imminent crackdown on the common practice of sharing accounts.
In one of a number of publicly visible interactions, Spotify stated that they’re looking for users to confirm their GPS location (not just reply with their home address, which would clearly be open to manipulation in order to continue service):
Hey there! In order for us to offer a Premium discount, we need to make sure all family members live at the same location. By confirming your location, you get to enjoy Spotify Premium for Family and help to pay artists fairly for their music. Hope this clears things up /QJ
— SpotifyCares (@SpotifyCares) September 28, 2018
Engadget reached out to Spotify for comment on the communication to users and received the following comment:
Spotify is currently testing improvements to the user experience of Premium for Family with small user groups in select markets. We are always testing new products and experiences at Spotify, but have no further news to share regarding this particular feature test at this time.
Is it right that if Spotify crack down and stop users sharing accounts, or should they take the money and let it ride?