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Downloadify Rips MP3’s From Spotify Stream

Downloadify Rips MP3s From Spotify Stream

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Last week the online streaming kings Spotify franticly rushed to fix an exploit that was opened up by a Google Chrome extension ‘Downloadify. This extension, that was freely available to all Chrome web browser users, allowed users to download MP3 files by using a security flaw found by the creator of the extension, Dutch developer Robin Aldenhoven.


Robin took advantage, of a quite unbelievable oversight by Spotify, that they do not encrypt there music that is stored on their online player, where the extension downloads any song currently playing from the Spotify web player. The song is encoded to 160kbs MP3, which is only half the streamed original bit rate made available on Spotify to paying users. So the exploiting user isn't getting the highest of audible quality the streaming customers are, but I'm sure the free price tag made up for the cut in quality. The download is also not time sensitive either, with the song not having to play they whole length to download. This makes the flaw a useable source for near unlimited free musical content.


As you would expect when the alarm was raised to Spotify it was passed to Google who quickly removed the extension from the online web store. However, nothing can stop the Internet from harbouring this kind of content and the extension still lingers around the digital domain and nobody is more than a few clicks away from it i’m sure. Spotify needs to block the flaw from the end and kill the chance for this extension to further exploit their content. This news story isn't the first and will most certainly not be the last. The extension can be used for many other online music streaming sites that have the same venerability. There is also a collection of similar software for similar illegal means. I'm sure many of you know about Youtube downloaders that allow the quick, free and easy ‘rip’ of video content from there sites. So what does this mean for Spotify? They need to have a serious look through other potential web coding exploits and implement or rectify these gapping flaws in their online products. Their backs may be up against the wall soon as we have yet to hear comments from record labels that are in partnership with Spotify. Record companies, as we all know, don’t take music piracy lightly and with this flaw allowing thousands of potential illegal downloads, Spotifly could be asked some difficult questions on how their content was made so easily free.


Chris Pavey

Last week the online streaming kings Spotify franticly rushed to fix an exploit that was opened up by a Google Chrome extension ‘Downloadify. This extension, that was freely available to all Chrome web browser users, allowed users to download MP3...

Chris Pavey - 11th May 2013

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