This new "function" truly sucks **bleep**. Let me know as well if it can be removed somehow. I mean geesh! Doesn't spotify coders or developers understand that people don't want any controls that you can't hide and block key areas of the display. But then again it has been years and you still can't order your playlists on spotify mobile so that the newest track is first, so I don't have lot of hope that they are going to fix this.
Thanks a lot for listing the versions here. Once you know the version number it was trivially easy to locate a previous version of Spotify and overwrite the current one, and I'd recommend anyone else to do the same until this problem gets resolved (if it does).