Dutch Chrome extension Downloadify briefly was able to download MP3s from SpotifyPosted on 08/05/13
Dutch people are notorious for going dutch (hence the proverb) , and it's no surprise to us that a new Chrome extension, Downloadify, that let Spotify users permanently download any song available from the streaming music service was a Dutch invention. Spotify patched its web player in a matter of hours to prevent the extension to work any further though while Downloadify was quickly removed from Chrome's Web Store. Side-Line therefor didn't report on the extension until Spotify patched its web player (we have a clear ethic when it comes to legal music unlike other magazines so it seems).
The Downloadify extension took advantage of the nonexistent encryption in Spotify's web player, which the company launched in beta back in November. By simply installing the extension (which was freely available in the Chrome Web Store) and playing a song, users could download a full, DRM-free MP3 file of the track.
The incident learns us 3 things, Google needs to get its Chrome Web Store more controlled to prevent such abuses to happen; Spotify needs to protect its data better and the discussion on DRM-free music will again be on the table thanks to this not so clever move by a dutch developer. Add to this that for Spotify, the timing couldn't be worse. Its licensing agreements with all 3 major labels are up for renewal this year, and the company is deep in negotiations with Warner Music Group and Universal.
Or how an action by a single person can spoil the party for many bands and labels who depend on legal services for their income.
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Posted by B. Van Isacker
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