Spotify explicitly bans ad-blockers, will kick you off for using them

Ruben Fields
February 9, 2019

As The Verge reports, this week Spotify updated its Terms and Conditions of Use, with the User guidelines section now stating that the following is not permitted for any reason whatsoever: "circumventing or blocking advertisements in the Spotify Service, or creating or distributing tools designed to block advertisements in the Spotify Service".

Ad blockers are used by Spotify accounts who wish to listen to unlimited music without hearing commercials between songs (Spotify's premium version, a paid monthly service, does not contain ads).

In its updated Terms of Service, Spotify indicates it won't be so lenient with these users going forward.

"Spotify respects intellectual property rights and expects you to do the same", it said. It seems that Spotify wants users to subscribe to their $9.99 a month plan if they don't want ads.

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The big change here - which will take place on March 1 - is that the company will no longer be giving warnings and the opportunity to enable ads. If you're using any of these options, you should probably stop immediately, lest your account gets terminated.

Spotify already has detection measures in place to identify users who are circumventing ads, and past year it estimated that two million people were using its free service in a way that generated no revenue for the company or musicians. Those that do push those boundaries will be met with an "immediate termination or suspension" of their Spotify account.

Spotify account users who are using ad blockers and are flagged by the music-streaming platform are expected to be disabled by March 1, 2019.

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