As well as infringing on Spotify’s terms of service – a contract which stops you “copying, redistributing, reproducing, ‘ripping,’ recording, transferring, performing or displaying to the public” anything on Spotify, it’s also illegal under UK copyright law.

Luckily, there is a way out – just pinky swear to Spotify it won’t happen again, honest.

“[To]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,” Spotify told affected users.

Audials apologised to users caught out by the trick, saying “it was to help you save some time”.