The online music streaming platform, Spotify to terminate the accounts of users who use ad blockers – the company has updated its terms of service which will come into effect from March 1st.
According to the updated terms of service, “Circumventing or blocking advertisements in the Spotify Service, or creating or distributing tools designed to block advertisements in the Spotify Service,” is prohibited, the user guidelines read. Spotify also notes that breaking that rule or any other guideline “may result in immediate termination or suspension of your Spotify account.”
The company decided to change its terms of service after millions of its users were blocking advertisements by using ad blockers or were downloading modded versions of the app. They have sent a detailed email to notify every user about the new update.
Spotify has two versions- free and premium.
The user has to pay $9.99 per month for premium service, in which they have unlimited access to music without any ads, while in a free version, a user can listen on-demand to 15 popular playlists that are curated using an algorithm to match the user’s taste.