Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Spotify Is Planning to Ban Users Who Use Ad Blockers

Spotify Is Planning to Ban Users Who Use Ad Blockers

Spotify notified its customers in an email on Thursday that the new changes will go into effect March 1. However, when you use the service without paying, Spotify relies on the ads to make money and pay artists' royalties.

What just happened? It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to learn that Spotify doesn't want people using ad blockers. One item in particular states that "circumventing and blocking advertisements in the Spotify Service, or creating or distributing tools designed to block advertisements in the Spotify Service" is not permitted.

You could soon see your Spotify account banned or shutdown completely if you use an ad blocker.


Users who will keep their ad-blocking software active after this date may get their accounts suspended or banned entirely. We've reached out to Spotify for comment and will update this post if we hear back.

According to Spotify terms and conditions, under the User Guidelines, if users are involved in blocking the adverts that appear on Spotify with the use of ad blockers, Spotify will terminate or suspend the users' Spotify accounts. The service very recently reported its first profitable quarter in 13 years after all. It was estimated that approximately two million people were abusing the company's free service past year alone, generating no revenue for Spotify, record labels or the musicians.

Spotify also announced this week that it was making significant headway on its podcasting ambitions by acquiring Anchor and Gimlet Media, the latter of which includes podcasts such as Reply All and Crimetown.

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