When you try to play a podcast that also has video on desktop, there is no option to disable it and only play audio. This is unnecessary for me, because I do other things while listening to podcasts. It also introduces unnecessary strain on my internet connection to stream video that I won't watch, as well as strain on my hardware trying to decode the video. Much like the "disable canvas" option on mobile, I feel like it would be beneficial to have a "disable videos" on desktop.
Updated on 2021-07-07
Thanks for coming to the Spotify Idea Exchange and voting to make this happen.
We're happy to announce that the feature to disable a podcast video is now available on Desktop. You can either click the X in the video itself or the Show/Hide video button in the lower left corner of the app, next to the title of the currently playing episode.
Once again, thanks for helping us make Spotify better, by participating here on the Community.