This problem was amplified (no pun intented ha) by the fact that I often listen to a genre of very quiet music like classical guitar, lute, vihuela, etc. I've jumped out of my chair several times at work when an ad has come on after the quiet and soothing music. It makes my blood boil every time! I found a chrome extension (I listen to the web player) that can automatically set the volume lower on the ads in spotify. I'm not sure I can post a link to it or not but you can easily enough search for the extension. Here's what the extension's developer says about it:
Too loud Spotify ads? This extension help you!
You can control Spotify ads volume.
IMPORTANT! Only works with online spotify player!"
So far it works a treat and has made the listening experience enjoyable again. I think spotify owes the developer of this extension some dinero haha.
emailed to complain about the volume of the ads literally causing multiple seizures a day for me and they just responded with "thanks!" and a link to this thread so... the only thing left that i can do is respond here i guess??
the ads really are too loud and i wish i was surprised that this is an old issue that still hasn't been taken care of
Agreed. In my case I'm sitting here working with relaxing music playing via Spotify on my PS4... then BLAM an ad plays that is at least twice the volume of the music itself. Completely nullifies my use of the application. Naturally there's no other choice re: a streaming music app on the PS4 (at least to my knowledge).
I would purchase a premium subscription only for use on my PS4 since I work at home most days, however this demonstration of negligence regarding a long-standing, horrendous issue means that I will definitely not be giving Spotify my money. Too bad, really.
This is not a solution. Maximizing spotify volume does not equalize the difference between ads and music. This answer is super common though, and it's obvious spotify posts these answers to make it look like this is a user issue and not an intentionally annoying element of their free service.