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10:58  11 february  2019
10:58  11 february  2019 Source:   ibtimes.com

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Spotify is now explicitly banning ad blockers , as stated in an updated Terms of Service policy sent out today. After it was reported last March that 2 million users (about 2 percent of free Spotify users ) were dodging ads with modded apps and accounts, Spotify began cracking down by disabling

Email. Facebook. Whatsapp. Pinterest. Twitter. Advertisement . Spotify has updated its Terms of Service, which now explicitly prohibit the use of ad - blockers . Spotify already uses various methods to detect and deal with people using ad - blockers , but the music streaming service is now upping the ante.

Spotify To Ban Ad Blocker Users© Getty Images/Lionel Bonaventure Spotify Logo

The new Spotify update is a crackdown on free users who take advantage of third-party apps and workarounds to block ads. Apparently, the new rule immediately suspends the account upon detection of these ad-block users. Here’s what we know about this update.

According to Techspot, Spotify has updated their Terms of Service rules to deal with users who bypass the app’s free version ad breaks in between songs. To rid the free Spotify version of ads, these users would often have to rely on third-party apps to bypass the ads and make the app work similar to its paid subscription version. Both using and creating these bypass tools would get these users' accounts banned. We’ve yet to know if Spotify will IP block these music listeners.

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Spotify has updated its Terms of Service agreement, implementing an explicit ban on the use of ad blockers . While the music streaming service has a decent number of paying users , a The company employs various techniques for detecting the use of ad blockers , and now anyone found to be using

Spotify started cracking down on ad blockers last March when it was reported that around 2 million users were using tricks to avoid having to listen to ads in between tracks. Now it’s terms of service explicitly state that your account will be banned if you’re caught ad - blocking .

Previously, the Terms of Use would send a warning to users upon their first offense. After the warning, users can access the app again after re-installing or upgrading to the paid version of Spotify. If the offense is repeated, Spotify would send a ban notification to their emails and take down the users' accounts.  However, Spotify won’t play nice with these users anymore after the new terms are enforced in the app.

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The new terms immediately ban these users upon detection. The strict crackdown could prevent revenue losses for Spotify. At the moment, most of Spotify’s revenue comes from their subscription fees and a few of it come from their ads. Moreover, Spotify ads on the free version are still mostly about promotion for their subscription version and rarely of any other product.

Nevertheless, the crackdown on these third-party app users not only protects their revenue, but also their overall security, just in case the third-party apps extend beyond app features, such as accessing user data and other important account details.

The new, strict terms of use will become active starting March 1. Free version users are heavily discouraged from trying out ways to bypass the ads through third-party app means as the ban will surely find them. We’ve yet to know what security measures the Spotify app will have next month.

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