If you’ve seen someone selling premium Spotify accounts (or others as Netflix, Prime, Disney+, etc) online, chances are they’re selling hacked accounts or sourced from the dark web. If purchased, you would be using the service simultaneously with another original user. This could turn weird if both of you’re online at the same time and steaming different playlists!
Things do happen as such. Here are a few incidents where some premium Spotify users got their accounts hacked and had experienced their hacker’s taste.
Connor Ball, a musician from the British band explained his experience of encountering his music partner while he was in the shower. As he was enjoying his music while bathing, the song got stopped all in sudden with an odd one playing instead. He said as,
“It was atmospheric, almost like massage music”.
He checked this later and resulted that the song was playing on Google Chrome, a web browser he wasn’t using, thus hacked. He didn’t change the password even after weeks and let the stranger play his own things. He imagined him to be a “70-year-old bald man in a rocking chair.”
Charlene Coughlin, an ad executive from Cleveland got her account hacked recently. She realized this first when was listening to music in her car and interrupted abruptly. Later when she got home and checked her account, she found someone (probable hacker) was listening on the device named Sophia’s iPhone and to the playlist “sad trap music”.
With all these inputs, she imagined the person to be some sad teenager going through a breakup, listening to bad music. Despite imagination, she felt as “I was mostly a little irritated that someone had broken into my account.”
Another incident where Margaret Harris, a resident from Toronto discovered a playlist in her account with EDM songs in Cyrillic titles. This made her imagine a Russian guy in his car listening to songs from the other end. While she deleted the playlist, she says that’s reviving after a couple of days.
She said this continued for sometime as, “We were actively having this Spotify battle. His music would start. I would just keep hitting pause and playing mine.”
After realizing the other party is listening from the Firefox browser, Harris, being a metal music fan, set a hardcore metal song and skip onto the middle hardcore part, which will be played on his browser and irritating him at last. Though the other guy (or girl) fought back for a while, she stopped doing so and left forever.
There are many instances as such. One or other, Spotify or some other thing, would be compromised and used by two or more people simultaneously. Keep checking every now and then.
Spotify, just like others, boasts about considering the fraudulent activity on their service extremely seriously. It recommends users not to use the same passwords across many online accounts. Frequently changing the passwords, not storing the sensitive card details online is what you can do at least. If you think your account got compromised, try changing the credentials and logging out from all devices. If not, hit up Spotify customer care and resolve.