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Spotify Ads Filters

Status: Not right now
by xletoatreides on ‎2012-02-28 11:16 PM - last edited on ‎2012-10-24 10:44 AM by Spotify

I know we can't pick and choose what ads to see, but at least for a teensy bit of decency (especially for people listening to spotify in a professional work environment) can we not have half naked Victoria's Secret super sexy models?


Personally, I could care less about ads. And in fact, I am a woman who shops at Victoria's Secret. Still- I just had an awkward moment with some coworkers AND my boss. I'd like very much for that not to happen again. In the very least, how about an image that isn't half the size of the window? 


I know no one's going to agree, and believe me, I'd be the last person to complain about spotify (it's awesome). But seriously, it's a bit much.



Status: Not right now
Updated: 2015-09-17

Hey everyone, Spotify staff here again. 

Thanks again for the feedback on the quality and relevancy of Spotify ads. We're working on improving our ad delivery services to reduce situations that result in any awkwardness for our users and serve the right ads at the right time. We don't have plans for a specific filter for certain ads but we will update you here if anything changes. Thanks again everyone. 


by Spanish4Life
on ‎2012-03-10 08:10 PM

Here in Spain, none of ads are NSFW. Althougth, i don't think Spotift are responsible of their announcers.

by mbarry
on ‎2012-03-28 11:35 PM

On the chance that Spotify does read this forum, I would like to add that NSFW language in the ads is also a problem.  I am a pastor who likes to use Spotify at work to listen to new praise music and it is not ok for f*** to ring out loudly from my office when an ad for new rap music comes up.


I, like the others in this forum, understand the need for ads to produce revenue and will not complain about ads as part of a free service but I feel that it is reasonable to expect those ads to be both work and child friendly if the service expects to used in homes and workplaces.

by Spared
on ‎2012-04-04 05:30 PM

Overall Spotify seems like an awesome experience.  However, there are often ads that I do not appreciate while listening at home.  I have 4 young children and it's fun to make lists for them, but even those lists receive ads for the latest Def Jam with some disgruntled cursing to advertise the latest hip hop hit.  My kids remember the ads - so let's exercise some discretion.  

on ‎2012-04-12 08:21 PM
by muellerlevi
on ‎2012-04-12 08:21 PM

Hi Spottily and Spotify Users...I love spotify and have two small kids that love music....we listen to everything from "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" to Frederic Chopin's Nocturne for Piano no. 7 together. I have had four or five instances when listening with my kids that an ad comes on with a song with explicit/ or non family friendly lyrics or an ad pops up displaying an images that I do not want my kids to see. Wish I would have taken screen shots (I can later). Is there any way that you could make a family friendly filter for ads for us family guys! Please!



by kquinlen
on ‎2012-05-29 08:26 PM

Also, ads for Bacardi would be fine in most places, but not in a classroom of 4th graders.  Spotify is such an amazing tool for teachers, but not if we are selling our kids rum.  :smileyfrustrated:

by t0rpedo
on ‎2012-07-26 10:11 PM

Just had the new durex condoms ad pop up during my classical listening session. Lucky for me I worked out of the home office today. I can't imagine what would have happened if my computer started blaring facts about sex to my co-workers. Albeit I also don't want it in my home, but the damage would have been much worse at the office. Switching to pandora for the time being. It's just not worth the risk anymore.

by no-name
on ‎2012-07-27 01:13 AM

I'm not sure how long this post has been up but spotify has added Condom ads now... please go under the off topic area and go under the post upset and show your support so we can get rid of ads like this!

by fpo
on ‎2012-07-27 01:33 AM

I agree! Just came on here to see if there was a discussion about this. My small daughters were just treated to a Durex ad while listening to the Annie soundtrack. 

I am all for open dialogue about sex with my children, but I'd like it to be on my terms, not because we were taken off guard by a condom commercial. 

And I echo the words of the others when I say I understand that ads are necessary, I just don't understand why they must be ads that are inappropriate in so many settings.

by Makhaon
on ‎2012-07-27 05:54 AM

NSFW ads are completely inappropriate. I'm tired of getting of them. We should have an option to not hear these types of ads.

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