Spotify returns to the charge against those users who are part of the Family Plan and do not reside in the same address, an essential feature, according to the Terms and conditions of use, if you want to opt for it. It is a movement that we saw last year temporarily in certain countries and it seems that, now, it is here to stay.
Today, the Family Plan is one of the most popular among the paid users of the service, as it allows up to six people to enjoy the premium services of the streaming music platform Spotify Premium Free Apk. This includes ad-free listening and the ability to download songs for offline access, two of the most popular features. Problem? Infinity among these plans is made up not of real families, but by combined groups of friends or acquaintances that pay less than the cost of the individual plan (2.5 euros per month, if all). all six places have people, compared to 9.99 euros/month for the standard account).
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The Swedish company seeks to end these users who violate the norm in a similar way to the one already sought last year: requesting location information through the GPS of users’ mobile devices. This is expressed in a change in the aforementioned Terms, reported by CNET :
To be eligible for the Family Plan Subscription, the main account holder and the subsidiary account holders must be members of the same family and reside at the same address. B. After activating a subsidiary account of the Family Plan, the user will have to confirm their address. C. It is possible that, from time to time, you will be asked to reconfirm the address, to verify that the requirements to access the service are still being met.
The request for the personal location of the users, however, offers some suspicion on the part of the users, although from the company they assure that it will be used only for the purpose described. For now, of course, it is not known if it will be a policy that Spotify begins to actively develop – it was introduced on August 19 – or if it is only an update for the future.
The other part of the debate around these new Terms lies in the fact that one can belong to a royal family and not live under the same roof as whoever is paying the subscription. Why force all users to be in a common residence? Probably because it is the only solution that the streaming service has found to verify that they are not fake families.
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Be that as it may, it is natural that Spotify wants to control those who abuse the service, since payment plans are the main source of income for the company and, therefore, they are interested in the number of individual accounts increasing rather than those associated with a Family Plan. How far the firm is willing to go to ensure this remains to be seen.