Spotify: joys, trials, and tribulations


As an FYI, Spotify has just announced they’ll either suspend or terminate accounts which use adblockers as of 3/1/19:


Does Spotify play ads on free accounts, like Pandora?


I’ve been a subscriber for ages, but as far as I know, yes.


Yeah, me too, so I guess I’ve completely forgotten.


They do play ads on free accounts, but they’re not too bad tbh


Do they mean ad blockers inside Web browsers? Or are there multiple types of ad blockers?


People distribute hacked versions of the Spotify app file for cellphones that block the ad functionality. My guess is that they are specifically referring to those, though other cases may fall under the new policy as well.


I just use Spotify on my desktop. The ads are very annoying. But I had no idea there was a way of blocking them. Most of the time I just turned off Spotify and then re-started it, which is a way of getting around the ads.

I know some of you guys link to spotify playlists on Qt3, which takes me to a spotify webpage, but I don’t know what my login is, so i can never sign in that way.


I don’t really mind the ads in Spotify, I listen mostly at work and it just becomes background noise, but I started noticing “video” ads in the desktop app which is annoying because unlike an audio ad, I can’t find and queue up my next song while the ad plays - the video ads completely take over the focus of the app and disable the mouse. Very annoying.


I haven’t figured out yet how to simply play an album or playlist without Spotify switching to something else that it chooses for me. And if I just want to listen to one track I just go to YouTube instead.


On the Spotify PC app (windows 10) you just select album and double click on the first song. After about 10 minutes it will play the first ad, then go back to the album.

I tried the Spotify app on a phone once, and that sounds more like what you’re describing, where it just plays a radio station based on that first song you wanted to play.


Both versions play albums pretty easily; that core functionality is separate from the radio-style shuffle feature.


I’m playing Spotify now, and it hasn’t shown me an ad in 20 minutes. I’m getting very nervous now. Did they get my credit card information somehow? What is happening?