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Deezer Knows People Are Pirating Its Service But Says It Won’t Stop Them


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Despite both Spotify and Deezer having a free-tier for listeners on a budget, some users prefer to use unofficial clients that allow them to obtain the premium service for free. Spotify has dealt with these users by threatening to ban accounts but Deezer is taking an altogether softer approach.

 

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Today’s legal music streaming services are providing a service that would’ve been unimaginable 15 years ago.

 

Not only do they provide access to tens of millions of tracks, they do so conveniently, on multiple platforms, and at a fair price. In fact, streaming services like Spotify and Deezer go a step further by offering a free-tier that costs nothing.

 

In many respects and for most people, it’s the often-mentioned piracy-busting formula made reality. Of course, there are some outliers.

Piracy of Streaming Platforms

Despite ticking most boxes, streaming platforms still have to contend with piracy. In the majority of instances this is carried out either by people who can’t pay, want additional features such as permanent downloads of DRM-free music, or simply don’t want to consume the ads that make the free-tier possible.

 

These people often use custom or modified Spotify and Deezer applications, obtainable from a number of unofficial sources and installed mainly on the Android platform. They can remove ads, act as downloaders, and also remove other restrictions imposed by streaming platforms on their free-tiers. It’s unclear how many people use them but both Deezer and Spotify would like to mitigate their use.

Spotify and Deezer’s Anti-Piracy Measures

Over the years, both Spotify and Deezer have taken action aimed at disrupting modded and custom clients from accessing their networks.

 

In 2017, Deezer targeted popular tool Deezloader and many related project forks. A year later, the company spoiled the party for reincarnation app Deezloader Reborn and later targeted Deezloader Remix.

 

Spotify has been active too. In March 2020, a law firm acting for Spotify took down a piece of Windows software that allowed users to download and remove DRM from music tracks while skipping ads. XSpotify, which also carried an ad-blocking feature, was described as a tool that “steals” Spotify encryption keys in breach of the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA.

 

Just two months later, Spotify sent a wave of DMCA notices to Github, hoping to make modded clients harder to find.

Appealing Directly to Pirates: The Spotify Approach

While the anti-piracy actions detailed above were never publicized by Spotify or Deezer themselves, sometimes the companies’ actions (when they directly involve pirating ‘customers’) become too big to hide. Most notably, around March 2018 Spotify mass-emailed an unknown number of users warning that their activity had been noted and their ‘pirate’ client had been disabled.

 

After thanking recipients for being Spotify users (even pirates need accounts), Spotify changed its tone.

 

“If we detect repeated use of unauthorized apps in violation of our terms, we reserve all rights, including suspending or terminating your account,” Spotify wrote.

Appealing Directly to Pirates: Deezer’s Sweet Talk

This week, a number of people using modified Deezer clients received an interesting email directly from the ‘Deezer Security Team’. At least one user posted a copy to Reddit, with others confirming they’d received the same communication.

 

“We see you,” the email begins, with a small pirate flag waving alongside.

 

“We know that you’re not using the official version of Deezer, and we’re not going to stop you.”

 

As disarming sentences go, this is a pretty big one when it comes to piracy. While Deezer knows that these specific users are pirating its service, has their email addresses (and probably all of their IP addresses too), and could instantly ban them or worse, it says it will do absolutely nothing. Not even the threat of a ban makes it to the email.

 

Deezer Warning

 

The image above was posted with the title “Respect” suggesting that being nice to pirates is a better headline approach than being too aggressive. And, while there were some critical voices, there was also a lot of support for Deezer as a company.

 

Interestingly, however, the company’s message, that people should be worried about malware, wasn’t a topic of conversation in the places we found it reported.

Whether any of this will result in modded-client users signing up to Deezer is another matter but viewing the company as a friend, not a foe, might bode well for future relations. And keep people away from rival Spotify.

 

 

Source: TorrentFreak

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6 hours ago, shamu726 said:

In 2017, Deezer targeted popular tool Deezloader and many related project forks. A year later, the company spoiled the party for reincarnation app Deezloader Reborn and later targeted Deezloader Remix.

They recently targeted AIDS  telegram channel  with a DMCA  that why that app is gone that means using  telegram  to host links is less safer than using filehost  to make mirrors.  The  admin of NickHasAids  telegram channel posted a copy of the DMCA  on social media . Still  plenty of other apps out there that work and if you have AIDS  it still work.

 

6 hours ago, shamu726 said:

This week, a number of people using modified Deezer clients received an interesting email directly from the ‘Deezer Security Team’. At least one user posted a copy to Reddit, with others confirming they’d received the same communication.

 

“We see you,” the email begins, with a small pirate flag waving alongside.

 

“We know that you’re not using the official version of Deezer, and we’re not going to stop you.”

 

As disarming sentences go, this is a pretty big one when it comes to piracy. While Deezer knows that these specific users are pirating its service, has their email addresses (and probably all of their IP addresses too), and could instantly ban them or worse, it says it will do absolutely nothing. Not even the threat of a ban makes it to the email.

Only stupid people use there  real email  or real ips for these services  since Deezer dont  have a Free Tier for  the USA and certain songs are blocked in some regions many people use  VPNs  with it and this is why they never got many  users like  there competitors .  They don't even have  a official desktop app for Linux only they unofficial ones  or use your web browser  so its not cut and dry as they try to make it seem for everyone.

 

Spotify use to not do nothing much ether  then they started  blocking VPNs  and banning people who used  disposable email  and blocked there ads . So I dont trust   Deezer PR  letter  they dont do nothing tell one day they do!  Deezer makes me laugh they want improve there security were you cant break there DRM  or try and stop people so far . They waste there time on  playing whack a mole with DEVs by sending out DMCA  and as soon as they update there API it gets patched because the hole in there DRM remains. Most of the time its only changing 1 line of code .   :tooth:

 

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Was it really that hard to just download the songs from YouTube and use your offline, inbuilt music player app?

 

Too lazy to create playlists huh?

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56 minutes ago, Avitar said:

Was it really that hard to just download the songs from YouTube and use your offline, inbuilt music player app?

 

Too lazy to create playlists huh?

 

YouTube ?  compared  to downloading songs from Deezer and listening offline what a joke  YouTube only has 142 kbps Opus  or 131kbps  AAC m4aP9GfLPX.png any mp3 has been converted  from this. Deezer has FLAC  and MP3 320kbps crRC4V2.png right from the cow .  Only thing YouTube  is good for is downloading  videos or just streaming .

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