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Spotify is going to start banning ad blockers on march 1st in their new terms of service.

I think that is a big deal because there are 170 million spotify users.

In March of 2018 2 million spotify users use ad blockers that's 2% of their users. Spotify started disabling those accounts.

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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 accounts when the company detected abnormal activity.

I also use Spotify and an ad blocker on my PC. I don't agree with the new terms of service for that reason.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/7/18215845/spotify-ad-blockers-terms-of-service

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Also how many people think this is fair.

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2 minutes ago, dylanthompson2 said:

Also how many people think this is fair.

Its fair to Spotify, they rely on adds for revenue.


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1. using an ad blocker on spotify is stupid as hell. 

2. they are a private company and have the right to ban you if you use adblock

3. spotify has a paid model called spotify premium. if you don't want ads you can buy that. 

 

 


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1 minute ago, SansVarnic said:

Its fair to Spotify, they rely on adds for revenue.

and premium users who can listen ad-free. 


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1 minute ago, SansVarnic said:

Its fair to Spotify, they rely on adds for revenue.

imagine if youtube blocked users for using ad blockers.


 

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Huh, I didn't know ad blockers worked on Spotify. I'm sure people will find a workaround eventually until then, RIP.

Still, only 2% is pretty good if you ask me.


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Just now, Rohith_Kumar_Sp said:

imagine if youtube blocked users for using ad blockers.

Didn't say I supported it.


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Disabling accounts seems like it's going a bit far, but if the only way to block ads is using a modded client then I get it.


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Just now, Rohith_Kumar_Sp said:

imagine if youtube blocked users for using ad blockers.

i generally don't use adblock on YouTube (except late at night because of horror movie ads and i get scared easily) and if they did this i would just get youtube premium or whatever it's called. 


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1 minute ago, Cyberspirit said:

I'm sure people will find a workaround eventually until then, RIP.

there is one. buy spotify premium. *poof* ads gone. 


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Just now, firelighter487 said:

there is one. buy spotify premium. *poof* ads gone. 

I already use it. :P Just meant the peeps who didn't want to pay.


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1 minute ago, Cyberspirit said:

I already use it. :P Just meant the peeps who didn't want to pay.

if they don't wanna pay to get premium then they will have to accept they have to either view ads or stop using spotify. simple. 


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12 minutes ago, Rohith_Kumar_Sp said:

imagine if youtube blocked users for using ad blockers.

Aren't they trying to update chrome to make ad blockers useless?


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No shit they will ban people for that, surprised they waited so long

 

If you think its okay to use adblocker there then you've thought wrong, that's no different from piracy if you want to get down to the technical terms of their service

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Yeah, Spotify has already been in hot water for their use of music in free or ad-supported services. I think I recall Taylor Swift wanted to boycott the platform because she didn't like Spotify playing her music for free.

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Just now, firelighter487 said:

if they don't wanna pay to get premium then they will have to accept they have to either view ads or stop using spotify. simple. 

I don't use Spotify myself so I could be way off here but in most cases, on other sites, the risk of getting malware has gone up because they don't screen ads and just let anything and everything on. If Spotify operates in a similar manner I can see why people want to use them.


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I've never used Spotify.  The new Firefox update is amazing.  It automatically mutes all video regardless what it is.


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Yeah, the moment US wireless carriers stop their ludicrous overcharging of data is the moment I'll consider stopping wipespread use of adblockers.

 

Until then, companies can pretty much f off. I pay for floatplane and similar stuff, but the data cost alone for adds is insane. Wasting 10% of my time on youtube watching adds, even with skips basically negates the point of the platform imo. If I wanted add laden free service I'd watch OTA or listen to the radio.

 

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Oh, also add blocking is ludicrously safer surfing. So have fun with it. I'm cool without spotify. 


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Just now, valdyrgramr said:

Arent' they trying to update chrome to make ad blockers useless?

yes and no. I imagine what they're trying to do is block stupid intrusive ads themselves, and force most normies to see no intrusive ads to save the ad based revenue model as they are a big dealer in that. 


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I can't imagine how would they know, I mean, do they detect this through connectivity tests to the advertiser domains?

Because that could lead to a lot of false positives in case of a weak connection, I would rather assume they just detect common programs used for that, in either cases this could be still totally exploitable

Why don't they just make their app not working until an advertisement is shown?

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Just now, Bcat00 said:

If you think its okay to use adblocker there then you've thought wrong, that's no different from piracy if you want to get down to the technical terms of their service

If sites can screen their ads so I won't get infected with some bullshit malware then I wouldn't run adblockers, until then, I'll err on the side of caution and whitelist sites on a case by case basis.


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1 minute ago, Bcat00 said:

No shit they will ban people for that, surprised they waited so long

 

If you think its okay to use adblocker there then you've thought wrong, that's no different from piracy if you want to get down to the technical terms of their service

 

LOL x 1,000 , no different from piracy ?  I will always use adblocker


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This may be a bit of a problem for the people who don't want to pay for stuff, but then again does it matter? It's a good move on spotify's part, it's about time they did something about this. Why should you expect to not have to pay for something?

 


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