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Pirates find hole in Spotify's DRM wall big enough to sail their ships through it

Spotify's worst nightmare comes true, pirates find workaround to downloading its music

By Charles Gantt on May 8, 2013 09:45 am CDT - 0 mins, 54 secs reading time

Yesterday Spotify saw one of its worst fears come true when a Google Chrome extension popped up in the Chrome Web Store that allowed Spotify users to download music from the streaming service. This hole in Spotify's DRM became possible because of the fact that the company's web player does not encrypt the MP3 file that is downloaded for playback.

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The Chrome Extension, which has now been removed from the Google Web Store, would begin downloading the DRM-free MP3 to a user specified location, as soon as it began playing. This put Spotify in a tough spot as it now allowed any user, free or paid, to download as many songs as they wanted from its massive 20 million song library.

Spotify has since patched its web player and began encrypting the data stream to prevent further exploits of this kind from happening. As an avid user of Spotify and a premium subscriber from US launch at day one, I really hope that Spotify is able to curb the possibility of future hacks, because I would be lost without its service.

Charles Gantt

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Charles Gantt

A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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