Spotify bans ad blockers in updated Terms of Service

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  1. mood

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    Spotify bans ad blockers in updated Terms of Service
    Cracking down on ad blockers
    February 7, 2019

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

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    Spotify is scam. It is whith companies like that than torrenting popularity increases.
     
  3. LoneWolf

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    Dropped Spotify a while back, good reason not to pick them up again
     
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    If sites knew how to display ads reasonably then it wouldn't be a big deal, but since they use them to hijack the screen or to distribute malware, the ad blocker is staying on. There is no site i cannot function without. Ad blockers are a response to bad behavior. When they stop doing it, I will stop needing one.
     
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    Couldn't have said it better myself :thumb:

    this is an especially knee-jerk response :mad:
     
  6. Mrkvonic

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    How will they differentiate from network-wide filtering to individual user systems?
    What if a firewall blocks certain ips/pages/content and the user has no control over it?
    What if a security software catches and filters out content as a false positive?
    Mrk
     
  7. Daveski17

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    Too right!
     
  8. DOSawaits

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    One day we'll long for IRC again, that day is getting closer week after week.
    The toxicity of monetization has poisoned the whole internet pool.
     
  9. Mrkvonic

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    Yes, it has. The modern internet is smaller and less informative than one 10 years ago.
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  10. zapjb

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    It's poisoned the whole ** world.

    In the USA in the name of law & order morality is legislated. Abortion, drugs, sex, marriage etc. etc.

    No one in the USA should homeless, hungry or lack access to medical care. It is immoral.
     
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    Extending this list:
    Some browser extensions are created mainly for security reasons (i.e. NoScript), but they may have side-effect of ad blocking. Do these extensions count as Ad Blockers?
    Some browser extensions are created mainly for privacy reasons (i.e. Ghostery), but they may have side-effect of ad blocking. Do these extensions count as Ad Blockers?
     
  13. mood

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    It doesn't seem to affect users in Germany, at least the Terms and Services for Germany hasn't been updated yet.
    More (german)
     
  14. roger_m

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    It seems that you can block the ads in the stream.
    I guess people were trying to get the equivalent of the paid service for free.
     
  15. imdb

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    not exactly. the paid service allows hq streaming, unlike the free one which allows low quality streaming.
     
  16. reasonablePrivacy

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    You can just buy premium account.
     
  17. Umbra

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    depends where you live... those scammers, arguing that because you live in a "less rich" country , you pay less but the library of songs you get much be more limited than what the "rich countries" have.
     
  18. reasonablePrivacy

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    I didn't know that. Does this also apply to library of podcasts?
     
  19. Umbra

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    I didnt even try to know, I checked Spotify in 3 countries, the best catalog is in US (expectingly)
     
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  20. xxJackxx

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    I continue to buy my music on CDs to not have to even deal with services like this. It takes no blame from sites that use malicious and/or annoying ads.
     
  21. Mrkvonic

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    I also prefer to buy drm-free music and manually sync to whichever device I need. No fuss, no data needed.
    Mrk
     
  22. reasonablePrivacy

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    I also agree with that. But music is not everything. Recently I began to be interesting in podcasts. For now I frequently used Youtube for listening to them, but streaming HD video to just listen to audio in decent quality is waste of resources.
     
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