Audials makes it possible to save music from Spotify, one of worlds greatest music streaming services. Technically, this happens by saving the audio outputted by Spotify into music files, it therefore is a (digital) recording.
A special feature of Audials is the possibility, to “speed up” Spotify and thus the recording.
In June 2021 spotify has changed it’s attitude towards “high speed recording”.
Preliminary remark: copyright law
The US copyright law describes clearly in chapter 10, section 1008:
No action may be brought under this title alleging infringement of copyright based on the manufacture, importation, or distribution of a digital audio recording device, a digital audio recording medium, an analog recording device, or an analog recording medium, or based on the noncommercial use by a consumer of such a device or medium for making digital musical recordings or analog musical recordings.
So from copyright law point of view, there is nothing to worry about recording music.
Recording is “invisible” – unless “high speed” is used
In general, it is indistinguishable for Spotify whether you are recording or not while listening to Spotify. So in general, recording is invisible to Spotify.
However, a few years ago, Spotify programmed a very interesting "high-speed" function that no other streaming service provides: Both the server and the PC software are able to work roughly 30 times as fast as in real time. Although this cannot be accessed directly in the official Spotify software itself, it can be used, for example with the help of system tools that “make time run faster” for Windows applications.
We integrated such a function into the Audials software, allowing to speed up Spotify so that users can record so much faster.
Spotify generally saves for every user on their servers permanently which pieces of music they have heard and when. So other than recording at normal speed, the use of this “high-speed function” is of course always directly visible to Spotify in this data: if e.g. a user has listened to music in half an hour with a playing time of 10 hours, he has obviously used “high speed”.
So far spotify didn't seem to have much against it.
Spotify started suspending accounts after “high speed” usage
But apparently Spotify has recently changed its opinion on the subject:
Since June 2021 we have heard from several users of "High Speed" feature that Spotify has suspended accounts, with the reason
"It has come to Spotify’s attention that your account has engaged in unauthorized use of the Spotify Service in violation of the Terms, including possibly engaging in unauthorized content downloads"
This only happened to users who actually used "high-speed recording".
It is noteworthy that such suspensions are by no means “immediately” - it also happened to users who last used Audials with high-speed months ago.
It has also happened to users of other tools from other manufacturers with similar functionality.
Spotify kindly offers
“If you believe this was in error, and/or regain access to your account, please reach out to Customer Service and confirm you will not engage in unauthorized content downloads from our service going forward, and we will grant access back to your account again shortly "
which they actually do without any problems.
We will take this into account in the Audials software, no longer recommend this “high speed recording” function and explicitly warn against its use with Spotify.
Which accounts are suspended?
First of all, we strictly recommend that you not use high-speed for Spotify recording in order not to risk your account being suspended.
Spotify does not seem to suspend every high-speed user. Who they choose seems rather random. In any case, it also affects users who have not used high-speed recording for months. Therefore, it is unfortunately possible that, although you no longer use it from now on, you will still be affected in the future.
What tools are affected?
While Audials is the most powerful and versatile streaming recorder, there are other tools on the market, too. Some of them are tailored as “Spotify Downloader”.
Nearly all these “Spotify Downloader tools” are based on utilizing only the “high speed feature” of Spotify. They do not permit, like Audials does, to simply record in real time speed.
We have seen many reports that users of these other “Spotify downloader” tools have been suspended, too. This confirms that the cause for these Spotify account suspensions clearly is the “high speed” feature of Spotify.
What to do if i get suspended
Fortunately, the problem can be solved relatively easily:
1) Contact Spotify support at
2) Confirm to Spotify support that you are no longer engaging in “illegal content downloads”.
3) After that, do NOT use the "high speed" function in Audials for recordings from Spotify.
4) Do not use any other tools for Spotify, as many of them only use the high-speed function
We apologize that the availability of Audials “high speed recording” function may have caused you trouble, it was only intended to help you save some time.