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Spotify hardens its stance on ad blockers

By midian182 · 23 replies
Feb 8, 2019
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  1. Those who would rather listen to ads on Spotify’s free tier instead of paying $9.99 per month are warned that “circumventing or blocking advertisements in the Spotify Service, or creating and distributing tools designed to block advertisements in the Spotify Service” can result in “immediate termination or suspension of your Spotify account.”

    Spotify already has multiple detection measures for identifying the use of ad blockers. When preparing for its IPO last year, it discovered 2 million users—1.3 percent of its total, or 2 percent of those on the free service—were accessing its free version via ad-blocking apps.

    Those caught using the software were sent emails warnings that their accounts may be shut down if they kept using the third-party apps. Perpetrators could regain access by re-installing the official app or upgrading to the paid version of Spotify, but further use of the blockers could result in suspension or termination.

    Now, the updated ToS, which come into effect on March 1, allow Spotify to delete an account instantly and without having to inform the owner first.

    The news comes after Spotify’s last earnings report showed it had positive operating profit, net income, and free cash flow for the first time in its 13-year history. While subscriptions make up almost 90 percent of its revenue, the company still wants to protect the money it generates from ads.

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  2. trparky

    trparky TS Evangelist Posts: 432   +302

    A company that wants to make money! Won't someone please think of the children!

    Please. If you want something from a company, be prepared to pay for it. If you don't want to pay for it, there's ads. Why? Because contrary to what a lot of people think, things do in fact cost money. Servers cost money, bandwidth costs money, and oh yeah... the content costs money. And it needs to paid for.
     
  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,440   +2,117

    Literally never known anyone who uses Spotify.
     
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  4. trparky

    trparky TS Evangelist Posts: 432   +302

    Then what music service do you use?
     
  5. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,633   +402

    Litterery never known anyone who uses anything but these 4:

    Spotify
    Apple Music
    Soundcloud/Youtube

    (in that order)
     
  6. Jeff Murray

    Jeff Murray TS Rookie

    Can't say I have ever used Spotify or any other service. I own all the music I listen to.
     
    Underdog, BSim500 and captaincranky like this.
  7. Knot Schure

    Knot Schure TS Booster Posts: 129   +46

    I've known just one...
     
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,312   +3,567

    "Litterery", reelie?
     
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,312   +3,567

    Me too. (y) (Y)

    I play it on anachronistic devices known as "CD players".
     
    Underdog likes this.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,312   +3,567

    There always seems to be some contention as to whether the content creators actually get paid, or it's just the RIAA's lawyers cashing in.
     
  11. trparky

    trparky TS Evangelist Posts: 432   +302

    That's been an issue since the old Napster days, it still doesn't take away from the fact that if you want something there needs to be an exchange of money to get said item. That's how a capitalist economy works.
     
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,312   +3,567

    I never suggested otherwise. For example, I've paid for each and every CD I own. Screw iTunes, screw Spotify (free or subscription), et al.

    If worst comes to worst, I'll learn it on my guitar and play it in private, so I don't have to feel guilty for not paying public performance royalties
     
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  13. Knot Schure

    Knot Schure TS Booster Posts: 129   +46

    SACD players.... that's where the quality is. Shame the catalogue is thin...
     
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  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,312   +3,567

    Either that, or 24 bit FLAC, which can be also quite elusive.
     
  15. Tantor

    Tantor TS Rookie

    Sheesh, this is so typical of the modern 'zero tolerance' attitude.

    How about doing what most sites do? Just flash a warning message and keep people from accessing the music until they shut down their ad blocker. It's real simple.

    Opera has a built in ad blocker. I keep it on unless the site warns me. Then I just turn it off. No problem.

    But any site that arbitrarily deletes my account without any warning is going to get permanently deleted, and I will make sure to tell all my friends.

    In the long run it will cost them money as they offend people.

    Frankly, I think there's more to this than ad revenue. An ad blocker prevents a lot of anonymous sites from harvesting your browsing data. Try out the extension uMatrix. It lists all the external sites get notified when you load in a page. Some pages have literally hundreds of external links.

    Spotify was probably offered a lot of money.
     
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  16. Mr Majestyk

    Mr Majestyk TS Enthusiast Posts: 76   +40

    I used to use Pandora before they pulled out of Australia, now I use iPod, iHeartRadio and Spotify. I like iHeartRadio better than Spotify and maybe if Spotify had a something like a $50 a year subscription I’d take it up, but really the ads are only minor compared to 20 minutes per hour you get on FM or digital radio stations, so the free version is perfectly fine dfor what I want.
     
  17. lexster

    lexster TS Enthusiast Posts: 36   +17

    I listen to the radio and buy my music from Google Play or on CD. Yes I'm old fashioned, I believe in owning what I pay for, not renting it.

    That said, Spotify is a service that provides a valuable product and pays for it. They have every right to block users who block ads and effectively block their income stream. They're not like Youtube that is open to the pubic for everyone to use, you have to create an account and login to use the service.
     
  18. CybaGirl

    CybaGirl TS Member

    Please excuse my ignorance but what is Spotify anyway?
     
  19. lexster

    lexster TS Enthusiast Posts: 36   +17

    It's a music streaming service, similar to Netflix & Hulu but for music.
     
  20. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,633   +402

    Can never spell that and "Intergrate"
     
  21. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,633   +402

    This thread is summarized quite easily.

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  22. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,169   +4,843

    The meme is lost on me. What has hiding under a rock, got to do with people using Ad-blockers?
     
  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,312   +3,567

    "The rain in Spain falls mainly on the 'ally'".....

    "Liter...ally". It has one less "T" than "trash's friend".
     
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  24. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,633   +402

    Nothing, it's aimed at "Spoti-what?". Maybe it's just the average age of the community. So much for "Tech"spot.
     

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