Firstly, sorry for the inconvenience this will have caused you.
I'll escalate this to the staff for you to see if they can look into it and get you a response on the matter.
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I noticed this too and I actually like the idea, but it seems to do a horrible job of actually showing concerts that are in my actual area. Sometimes it does, most of the time it does not. What is the point of that?
Wait - I read this wrong, I'm talking about the concert listing on the Artist Pages, haha.
I'm having the same issue, the made in america ad is playing the live stream automatically. Plays over my current music. I can mute the sound but the stream countinues to play in the background which takes up bandwidth.
I tried reinstalling the spotify app, but the same issue occurred.
Just want to reiterate how infuriating this is. The banner ad has essentially made Spotify unusable. The video stream starts automatically and there is no way to pause or stop. Making matters more ridiculous: if you actually wanted to listen to the stream and click the "Stream Now" button you get two streams playing at once with no way to stop either.
Bottom line, Spotify is unusable as long as that poorly designed banner as is present.
Holy crap, this is the most annoying thing of all time. Who creates a banner ad with no way to exit out or minimize? Yes, I can mute it, but as others have said, it takes up bandwidth and runs in the background. Loved opening up Spotify this morning for my 5-year-old to listen to, and having Chuck D and Flavor Flav yelling profanity at me at 140 decibels. Fix it!