Your Spotify account may be terminated if you try to block ads

Your Spotify account may be terminated if you try to block ads
Spotify recently updated its Terms of Service policy to specifically target those who are using ad blockers. In a statement for DigiDay, Spotify confirmed it has “multiple detection measures in place monitoring consumption on the service to detect, investigate and deal with artificial manipulation of streaming activity.”

Spotify accounts that are flagged with using ad blockers might be disabled after March 1, when the new rules announced earlier this week will take effect. Premium Spotify accounts aren't targeted by the new rules since the service only displays ads to free subscribers.

Unfortunately, more than 2 million users (2 percent of free Spotify subscribers) were blocking ads with modded apps and accounts last year, The Verge reports.

Spotify's new Terms of Service policy have been updated this week with a new rule that forbids ad blockers or any other method of blocking advertisements.


If you're one of the 2 million people using ad blockers, your account won't be disabled until next month, but you should seriously think about upgrading to Premium if you don't want ads in Spotify.

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23 Comments

1. AbhiD

Posts: 613; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

WTF Spotify! I was using a mod version of Spotify via VPN for better quality because Spotify isn't yet officially available in my country. How is that even my fault? Just f**kin make it available or accept it as it is.

2. TheOracle1

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 04, 2015

What happens if your vpn has a native adblocker like mine does?

3. IT-Engineer

Posts: 523; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

I use the modded version because their services are not good enough for the price point in my country, 16$. When they block my account, I'll happily pay for Google music!

5. midan

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

So why don't you just use normal free version with ads like almost everyone else if you think the price is too high?

7. IT-Engineer

Posts: 523; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Because the free version is unusable. I have used Google play music for almost a year, and it works great with the Android auto on my car especially with Google voice assistance, I thought I'd try something else, I tried the free version. But it useless, I tried the modded one, for a week now and I'm thinking of going back to Google

9. midan

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

why it's useless?

11. notfair

Posts: 698; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

because they have to listen to ads or pay. human nature wants everything for free but they want to be payed for their work...

12. IT-Engineer

Posts: 523; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

I pay for Google, but many things are wrong with the free and paid versions of Spotify, here's an example, the free version will play random song from an album, not the one you tap, and the paid version, well it doesn't work with Android Auto, nor will app on my Ford sync function properly. I'll be heading back to Google, same price but better over all and more material

13. midan

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"the free version will play random song from an album, not the one you tap" Only with phone. and you know it's free for a reason. If it would be just like paid version who would pay for the premium.. and knowing most people listen their music nowdays with phones of course spotify has to limit the phone version to try make people to pay for it. I'm surprised they haven't limited the desktop and tablet version more. Maybe they afraid that most people won't go premium.

20. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Why don't you just use Google instead of stressing Spotify's streaming service?

15. lyndon420

Posts: 6518; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Here in Canada I am paying $17 per month for the YouTube Premium family plan, which gives me (and my family) an ad free YouTube experience, plus full Google Music and YouTube Music are included. Not a bad deal in my opinion.

18. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Regardless it's mod version, VPN, wanting better quality, or anything else. If you pay their subscription, they won't disable your account. It's your fault for not paying.

19. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Maybe your country hasn't signed copyright agreements with some record companies maybe Spotify doesn't have the right to distribute the music in your country => you have no right to listen to that music while you are there. Using a VPN might mean breaking copyright laws.

4. WingMan

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 28, 2008

Of course they are gonna block users, music is not free. They pay the artists from that AD revenue, so when you block ads you are practically stealing the music. If the service is bad, just switch to a different service. Spotify is not the only streaming platform.

6. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Glad I use apple music. Paid services are always better.

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

If you read the article, troll boy, you would see this doesn't target the paid version. I know it's difficult for you but try to think before you talk.

10. Juarizs

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 22, 2019

Spotify >>> Apple music

14. mlbyanks19

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

I haven't paid for music since CDs were a thing LOL. I use youtube and im fine with that. Spotify is great but not enough for me to fork over 10 bucks a month. They are getting carried away and people don't want to pay. The free version of spotify is ridiculous with the overkill of ads and limitations. The hell with em

16. midan

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

One day when you get job, what would you think if your boss steal your paycheck?

22. mlbyanks19

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

First of all for you to make such a statement is stupidity within itself because you don't know me at all. Im sorry if you ever got your check stolen from your boss but that normally doesn't happen if you work for a normal boss LOL. I have a job actually and very successful and happy. Its the point of the matter that there are other ways to listen to music other than spotify. Youtube is great and works fine for me.

17. Juarizs

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 22, 2019

They are literally providing you an excellent music streaming service, with the option to listen an unlimited amount of songs per month, on all your devices, for only 10 bucks a month.. If you are too greedy to pay for that you need to look after yourself.

21. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The same is true for YouTube and it's free of charge. I only use a streaming service, because it's free (it's the 2nd time I got 3 months for free); I agree: it's great, it should be profitable, but 5€/month is double than what I'm willing to spend (it's not that I don't have the money, is that the added value I perceive is 2-3€).

23. mlbyanks19

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

I really do not care when I have my own music collection on google play which doesn't cost me anything to listen to. I'm not greedy at all actually and you have no right to say that when you don't even know me. I can get youtube on all my devices too for no cost? That makes me greedy? So when people used napster back in the day did you call them greedy too? Spotify is great but they bombard the crap out of you with ads via the free version which is absurd. Not worth paying for in my opinion. As opposed to you saying im greedy I can say your a fool for paying for music when there are free options out their that are ZERO dollars a month. Hey but that is none of my business.

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