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[All Platforms] No Ads in Podcasts for Spotify Premium users

Status: Case Closed

I pay for my subscription. Every month for years now. The main reason I am a paid-for subscriber with Spotify is so I don't have to hear ads. As I have shifted my podcast listening from other providers to Spotify to bypass ads, both from the platform as well as integrated into the content.

 

I expect not to hear ads on Spotify. I understand there are ads woven into the actual content of the podcast itself, but for as big of a company and the amount of leverage Spotify has, I expect to not hear ads so long as I am paying for the service.

 

I reached out to Spotify and got this lazy, generic answer from Joy in Spotify Customer Support: “if you're hearing ads on podcasts using this Premium account. It's possible that the podcaster integrated that ads to their podcast content”. Thanks for breaking your back on that response.

 

I KNOW what the ads I’m hearing are. And I understand they can’t ask podcasters to export two versions, one with integrated ads and one without. What I expect from Spotify is to either implement metadata that tags the beginning and ending of ad segments and bypass them for us, Premium subscribers, or require podcasters to give metadata timecodes that Spotify can identify to bypass them AUTOMATICALLY.

 

Just to be clear, even if these identifiers are put into the content, I don’t want to have to pull my phone out to hit any sort of “skip ads” button. This is literally the ONLY reason users have Premium. So get rid of the ads. It’s actually very simple. And let’s not get started on how archaic it is to continually hit the “15sec forward” button to bypass the ads, first over shooting, then undershooting the duration of the integrated ad, only to have to make peace with hearing the last ten seconds of the ad. At that point it’s not servicing either party in the transaction.

 

It’s 2020. You are a huge company with a lot of leverage and a huge developer budget. I honestly can’t believe I’m even having to write this suggestion.

 

tl:dr - Spotify, I am a Premium member. You made a promise to me that if I became a Premium member, I wouldn’t hear ads. I’m hearing ads on podcasts. Integrated or not, I don’t care. You have the technology and power to fix it. So fix it. And make it automatic. It’s 2020.

Updated on 2021-02-08

Hello everyone,

 

This Idea has been brought to our attention as it recently passed the 500 votes threshold but we have to close it since it requests something that can't be influenced in the context of the Idea Exchange.

 

The Ideas section provides users with the opportunity to share their opinion on what features and app improvements can be developed, to make Spotify better. This idea however, in it's core fundamentals, requires to change how the Premium subscription works and what opportunities Spotify offers to Podcast creators. 

 

As part of the Premium subscription, all music can be enjoyed ad-free. And while Spotify doesn’t play ads that interrupt the music listening experience of Premium subscribers, some podcasts may include advertising, host-read endorsements, or sponsorship independently of the streaming platforms featuring such podcasts.

 

Providing a way to circumvent those is not something that our Idea submission process can accomplish.

 

This doesn't mean that your feedback isn't heard and that this request couldn't be fulfilled by some other means in the future. On the contrary, this is being monitored and we invite everyone to share their opinion in a constructive manner. We will then ensure to pass it on to the relevant teams.

 

Please do note, that we do understand the overall sentiment and if the thread stops being useful as a source to track constructive feedback, we will need to close it for further replies.

 

All the best!

Comments
Spoohoo7

Ridiculous that this post is from 2020 and the issue persists. It’s understandable that podcasts may contain embedded ads in the podcast itself, but the ads that I’ve been getting are obviously enabled by Spotify - they interrupt the podcast, sometimes mid-word, and have pop ups underneath the podcast once they’re done playing. If the “essence of upgrading to Premium” is to get rid of ads that “interrupt the listening experience for subscribers”, it shouldn’t matter whether you’re listening to music or a podcast. And while Spotify claims they can’t control these ads since they give podcast hosts the choice to include dynamic ad slots, the very fact that Spotify can give hosts a choice in the first place means that they can indeed control whether Premium subscribers get these ads. Especially since again, these ads are not embedded in the podcast, but are enabled by Spotify. Honestly, it’s beyond the pale…

Griiiiii

This is crazy. I have been a happy premium Spotify customer for years. Now I have to listen ads. Remind me, Spotify, for what I’m paying for? Or did you just betray us? Don’t try to explain this with half-truths and lies. Shame on you.

EnerJay

Honestly, what is the point of having premium if we still get ads on podcasts.. This issue should not be closed

Jboi2002

My other account has Spotify premium and when i listen to some podcasts, i cant think of any off the top of my head, i'll get an ad break in the middle of it. Even though i have premium. I understand these podcasts are trying to make money but i feel that if i'm paying for premium and the ad comes in separate from the podcast, like the podcast doesn't incorporate it into there stuff, then I should not have to hear those ads. 

aggarath

I have been a premium user for years, if Spotify doesn't review this policy I am going to switch. I just heard Amazon Music has ad-free podcasts.

Seriously Spotify, you can't make people pay for ad-free and then go and let podcasters insert extra ads.

The experience the last couple of weeks has gotten worse and worse.

 

Donnajs
I 100% agree , I’ll be looking into other ad free providers
The music I was listening to is white noise to sleep with and in the
middle of the night I’m woken up by ads for windows etc.. !!!! It’s
ridiculous
Raf13

Just unsubscribed after 5 years of spotify premium, just started listening to podcast these past 2 years, but i can absolutely not listen with ads. I can get all the same content on youtube ad-free with my youtube premium.

So at this point im converting all my playlists to youtube. You can keep my money, but you're sure as **bleep** ain't getting any more

Maaike42

It's almost 2023. 

No more excuses. 

No more ads, please. 

 

I solely listen to English-spoken podcasts, please stop torturing me with ads in my native language. 

jpjapers

The fact that these ads are dynamic and are not part of the podcast file, yet spotify continues year in year out to gaslight its users by saying its part of the podcast audio stream and down to the hosts is completely ridiculous.

Over 1300 user votes. Twenty pages of **bleep** off users and this is still "cAsE cLoSeD". The arrogance is astonishing.

 

vaajy

I hear ads on Ashley Berges podcast. Premium.

Today trialing YouTube Lite (Premium with no ads only). No single ad on any Ashley Berges episode.

This means I will listen podcasts with them to avoid ads on Spotify.

May someone consider please doing audio books and podcasts on different app, so let main app be for music only.