There was a major uproar yesterday because of an application in the Google Chrome store that allowed users to download a copy of any song they wanted from the Spotify catalog.
If you look at some of the headlines, you’d would guess that Spotify would be closing its doors the following day because of it.
When I initially saw the story last night, I held off on posting about it until today because it was relatively late. I checked in on this a couple of hours ago, and it seems that Spotify has since patched this vulnerability. (Kudos to them for patching such a huge issue so quickly)
But, for the purpose of this article, suppose that Spotify had not patched this issue. Do you think that Spotify would be rocked by this? Do you think the number of subscribers would be affected?
Personally, I don’t think so.
Think about your friends who are Spotify users (both free & paid subscribers) and ask yourself why they use the service. While I’m painting in broad strokes here, it seems that most of the users enjoy the service because of the selection of music (which they can play at any time), the mobile application (which gives its users access to that amazing collection), and the overall ease of use.
In reality, even a user went through the effort of downloading a song (or a handful of songs) from Spotify using the plugin, it still wouldn’t be enough for the user to stop using Spotify. Unless they can predict all of the music they’ll want to listen to for the foreseeable future, they will want to listen to at least a few songs that they have not already purchased, and would likely end up using the Spotify service again.
Desktop users likely would not change their listening habits if this issue did not get patched so quickly; though I do think there would be some users on the mobile side that would download individual tracks & put them those tracks into their MP3 player or smartphone. Those users are likely also desktop users, and even if they are not paid subscribers, they would likely continue to use the free, ad-supported version of Spotify.
I’m sure that there would be some level of drop-off for users, but it’s safe to assume that the drop-off would be minuscule – which is very far off from the Doomsday predictions that made the rounds on the tech blogs last night.
Source : The Verge