Many people have found ways to cheat streaming services such as signing up for free memberships just to listen to a single album, or registering for a family account but sharing within a group of friends. Spotify is now changing their rules to make sure that they are not being scammed.
The streaming giant is now asking for users to share their location to make sure nobody is abusing family plan privileges. According to the new “Terms and Conditions” (as of August 2019), Spotify requires the primary account holder and other family plan users to share their location. Under the plan’s “Eligibility and Verification” it states:
In order to be eligible for the Premium Family Subscription, the primary account holder and the subsidiary account holders must be family members residing at the same address.
Upon activation of a subsidiary Premium Family account, you will be asked to verify your home address.C. We may from time to time ask for re-verification of your home address in order to confirm that you are still meeting the eligibility criteria.
Spotify uses Google Maps (and location data) to help users find and set their respective addresses, so they won’t be able to just fill in the address of a friend and have it work. It will also confirm locations from “time to time” to make sure addresses are legitimate. The family plan currently offers 6 premium accounts under one roof at $14.99 per month.