Spotify explicitly bans ad blockers on pain of account termination
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 large percentage of the userbase stick with free, ad-supported accounts. A proportion of these free users turn to ad blockers, and this is something Spotify has been increasingly trying to clamp down on.
The company employs various techniques for detecting the use of ad blockers, and now anyone found to be using such a tool runs the risk of having their account terminated. The new Terms of Agreement comes into force on March 1.
Under the heading "the following is not permitted for any reason whatsoever" Spotify lists, among other things:
circumventing or blocking advertisements in the Spotify Service, or creating or distributing tools designed to block advertisements in the Spotify Service
For anyone who has been trying to avoid ads, the termination clause ("Spotify may terminate the Agreements or suspend your access to the Spotify Service at any time, including in the event of your actual or suspected unauthorized use of the Spotify Service and/or Content, or non-compliance with the Agreements") now has more weight.