Spotify is taking charge on those who still use ad blockers on their service. Ad blockers have been an ongoing problem and only now has the company found a way to take control. Whether it’s on YouTube, Spotify, or any other streaming service, ads bring in crucial revenue to the creator and streaming service. They may save you from listening to annoying advertisements but if you continuing using them on Spotify, you may soon find your account suspended or even terminated.
“circumventing or blocking advertisements in the Spotify Service, or creating or distributing tools designed to block advertisements in the Spotify Service is not permitted”
In Spotify’s new Terms of Service Policy you may have seen and accepted in your emails recently, the music streaming company has made it clear they are done with users using ad blockers. Now, (if you accepted the new terms), they have the authority to suspend or shut down your account if you’re using or creating any type of ad blocking service. Our only question, is how can they tell which accounts are truly violating the service?
Basically, everyone has until March 1st, when the new Terms of Service take effect to remove any programs that are in violation. In early 2018, Spotify stated that at least 2 million people that use their free-version service, used ad blockers. This can severely damage their profits and most importantly, hurt artists. We’re not sure how many users today still use ad blockers but it should be clear now that paying the monthly fee is the way to go.