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How do I stop a podcast I don't like from autoplaying?

How do I stop a podcast I don't like from autoplaying?

A podcast I really dislike (I listened to a couple episodes then decided I didn't like it) keeps autoplaying when I'm playing podcasts. I rated it 1 star in hopes that might stop it from autoplaying when I'm listening to podcasts but it keeps coming on and it drives me crazy.
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Hey there, welcome to the Spotify Community!

 

It looks like this can be fixed using the sleep timer. When you do not use a sleep timer, Spotify plays the next episode of the currently playing podcast or from your podcast recommendations, queue, and followed ones.

 

To avoid this, you can set the sleep timer to the end of the episode. In this way, it will stop playback once you reach the end of the episode. Your recommendations update constantly based on your listening history so they will change over time automatically.

 

I hope that helps. Let me know if you need anything else.

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Totally untrue! I’ve unfollowed, rated 1 star, and several months later this annoying podcast is still showing up and playing automatically!

Hey @JayEl1 thanks for your reply. Can I ask if this happens only on a particular device or on all of your devices?

 

Also, if you could share your app version and OS version that would be helpful. A screen recording of the issue is also appreciated.

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@Amayy All devices. Why is this relevant? We just want it to stop. 

Thanks for your responses @ @natmcg @JayEl1. There is another feature called autoplay which plays suggestions after your audio ends. Autoplay should work with both music and podcasts. Please go ahead and turn autoplay off and then check if the episodes play.

 

More about autoplay and how to turn it off is here.

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I have the same issue on my android. It is crazy that spotify (or its socalled AI) decides that you want to listen to a podcast series for which you listened one time (potentially not even the full episode). There should be an easy opt-out button to get rid of unwanted pod-casts. In particular important as i often listen in the car and then obviously need to pay attention to the road and not to the spotify display. If they cannot change this perhaps there should be an additional warning on using spotiffy in traffic, suggestion "Spotify may lead to traffic accidents due to poor user friendliness"

reply to solution suggested by Amavy: that might be so, however autoplay has a benefit for music and songs typically lasts three (3) minutes, podcasts last way longer!! Therefore spotify should arrange that it creates an option to turn-on autoplay for pod-casts instead of forcing you to listen to all kind of undesired pod-casts. when listening at home or similar this wouldn't even be an issue, however I as many other spotify users listen in traffice (while driving) and then these -extremely annoying- features even pose a health hazard.
 Understand that you are not a Spotify employee, but this should be taken up by spotify!!!

Thanks for your response @bvbrn. I understand that you would like different autoplay options for music and podcasts. However, as of now, the single setting affects both types of content.

 

Feel free to head over to the ideas board and create a new idea for the same. If one already exists, you can vote.

 

Let me know if you need help with anything else.

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Thank you for the response of "deal with it" incredibly helpful. 

 

Looking at other streaming services. 

Is this something to do with our subscription type? Does a paying customer get to choose what podcast get autoplayed or recommended to listen next?

 

I've not been a paying customer for a while now and this is just one of the reasons that I'm in no rush to do so in the future.

My top rated and subscribed podcasts are always below this one podcast I happened to try out a while back. My personally favorited podcasts never autoplay or jump up in queue in the recommendations.

PC Desktop Windows 10. I have autoplay off and it still plays the another episode of the podcast. Also it plays the the next older, not newer episode, which makes no sense.

I have premium and have the same issue.

Happens to me too. I want autoplay for songs. I don't want it for podcasts if Spotify can't be bothered to either pull from my downloaded or favourited podcasts and instead decides it's a better system to sell ads if they autoplay that one podcast I listened to once and don't want to hear again.

Dear Spotify employees, simply tell your users that You can't and there's nothing anybody can or will do about it, and be done with it.

 

Whatever the company policy is in customer service or development, people would understand that it's probably not personally customer service's fault that the whole system is programmed to push irrelavant content to users when ever it's possible, with or without the user's consent.

To misintrepret the problem and leaving the users to guess between themselves if there's something for them to personally do about this problem, is quite a s****y policy.

I can’t be held responsible for what awful and unholy things I may do if I awake to Roseanne Barr’s voice in the middle of the night one more time just because I idiotically chose to listen to one episode of her podcast one time.  As I take the stand in the sensationalistic trial that results, I will point to Spotify as the perpetrator, and while it may not hold water with the judge, the legal fees and negative media will cost Spotify more than the development of a simple feature.


Yes, I could use the sleep timer but I actually want podcasts episodes that I like AND FOLLOW to auto play.

 

Lookie here, I’ve done the analysis for you on some simple autoplay logic:

1. Only auto play podcast episodes for podcasts I follow

or

2. Do not auto play podcast episodes for podcasts that I give a poor one star rating (or some other way to indicate it was not for me rather than you holding me to my unfortunate play history for the rest of my life)

 

i would even accept allowing me to keep auto play on for music but turn off for podcasts, even though that’s not optimal.  Just give me something, anything, to keep me from hearing that woman one more time.

 

I like autoplay for songs. But not for podcasts. Can you stop it just for podcast ?

How is it possible that this is not an option?

There is a podcast that I absolutely hate, and everytime there is a new episode it somehow appears.

I've listened to the last 20 podcast for 10 seconds, everytime the voices turn up, just stop it asap.

Now I just disabled autoplay.

Please fix this bullsh*t!

Not gonna lie, it's an issue for me too. I just wanted to listen to a podcast talking about a game, but now that I no longer play said game, it still pops up whenever there's a new episode. How are we suppose to opt out? Been trying to find a way to remove it from my history but lol.

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