Spotify Will Block Your Account If You Use Ad Blockers

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Spotify wants to remove users who do not have a subscription but use an adblocker to bypass advertisements from the service. "Spotify learns from each engagement, fueling a more personalized ad experience". The new terms of service (TOS) are clear that all types of ad blockers, bots, and fraudulent streaming activities are not permitted.

The music streaming service's updated terms of service, which go into effect on March 1, now specifically state that using tools or modified apps to block ads is prohibited. If you try to block ads with a free account anyway, you may risk losing it. In August 2018, it was reported that the company has various detection methods in place monitoring consumption on the service.

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.

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).

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Adverse consequences will include a warning e-mail, followed by suspension and then a subsequent account termination if users don't change their ways.

Spotify sent notifications to users whose accounts showed "abnormal activity" and warned them that if they continued to use the apps, their account would be suspended or terminated.

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