Spotify is once again tackling family plan sharing. According to a new set of terms and conditions for the plan that the company released in August, Spotify now requires the primary account holder and all other plan participants to prove they reside at the same address, which it will now confirm. . from “from time to time” asking users to verify their addresses, as noted by CNET.
This isn’t the first time Spotify has tried to crack down on customers who take advantage of family plan sharing. The company sent out a similar warning last year asking users to confirm their exact GPS coordinates, but it ended the test soon after, following privacy concerns.
As the fine print from Spotify, the Shared Family Plan – which costs $ 15 and allows six users to access Spotify’s premium service – is only intended for “family members residing at the same address.” New accounts will need to verify their address using Google Maps, and Spotify “may from time to time request a re-verification” of your home address. If you don’t meet these criteria, Spotify notes that it may terminate or suspend your family membership.
It is still unclear to what extent Spotify will pursue this type of account verification or if it actually intends to cancel accounts that violate geographic boundaries. But the new terms make it clear that can.
Sharing a family plan is obviously costing Spotify a lot of money. A Billboard A report from last year claims that nearly half of all streaming customers have family plans, which cost significantly less per user than the standard individual plans of $ 10 per month.
By cracking down on Family Plan members who don’t live in the same home, Spotify is likely hoping to get those users to pay for their own subscriptions instead of turning to their former roommate’s plan across the country. It’s possible, however, that those customers will be taken to a competitor’s more lenient family plan, like Apple Music or even Tidal, which doesn’t require location verification.