Premium user in the US, using Spotify Desktop v188.8.131.52.gf614956d on Windows 10. For some reason when my ear buds are plugged in (they're wired), i CANNOT pause music. It will pause for 15-30 seconds via the in-app controls or using my earbud controls, then will resume on its own regardless of what application is in focus. This is the most irritating thing, and I can't find any settings either in Windows or within Spotify to prevent this.
I've tried reinstalling Spotify and tried several sets of headphones, all the same results. I have scoured Windows, disabled autoplay across the board, unchecked the option to let applications take control of my sound card, and even changed some Chrome settings to prevent headphone control:
Type in chrome://flags
Find 'Hardware Media Key Handling' and disabled it.
I have to either close Spotify or unplug my headphones to prevent auto-play, which is not a good "feature" and is just plain frustrating, not to mention disturbing to my colleagues at the office. Please advise on how to prevent this before I cancel my subscription and use something else. This basically renders Spotify useless at work, and that's where I use it 80% of the time.