Spotify bans all ad-blockers

Alfred Osborne
February 9, 2019

You could soon see your Spotify account banned or shutdown completely if you use an ad blocker. Users' acceptance of the new terms "will be deemed to have been granted if you continue to use the Spotify service after the effective date", the company said.

Some Spotify users have used modified accounts and ad-blockers to circumvent the advertisements being played, and Spotify has been cracking down on this activity.

Free users aren't required to do anything to accept the terms, as simply connecting to Spotify after March 1 means they agree with the update.

"Spotify respects intellectual property rights and expects you to do the same", it said.

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This is not new several websites have also recently cracked down on ad blockers. If you're using any of these options, you should probably stop immediately, lest your account gets terminated.

If the ad-blocking users ditch the ad-blocking software or pay the apparently astronomical monthly price of €7.50 (on average), Spotify could theoretically increase its income with anywhere between €3 million and €15 million. Those that do push those boundaries will be met with an "immediate termination or suspension" of their Spotify account. So, If you're invested in your Spotify account for whatever reason, now's probably a good time to remove or disable ad blockers functions that specifically target the service.

Spotify's ad-blocker-blocking plans come to light just days after Spotify acquired two podcasting companies, Gimlet and Anchor, in a bid to become a more serious player in non-music streaming.

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