I pay for premium. Recently I started a new podcast called "Whatever Happened to Pizza at McDonald's" and it has ads before and after each episode.
I'm not talking about ads recorded into the audio--I'm very familiar with those as I listen to a ton of podcasts. I'm talking about ads seemingly generated by Spotify. It increases the total time when played due to an ad being added to the beginning and end--i.e. the most recent episode is 10:37, but it becomes 12:08 when played. I listened to a single episode on multiple devices and got 2 different ads at the beginning. The episode is available on other sites and it doesn't naturally have ads.
Why are there ads, how are they being served, and how do I stop them? There are old topics about the same thing but they're locked due to age and the top answers for all of them are from a non-employee saying they're recorded/baked-in to the podcasts despite this not making any sense based on the posts. (Again, I'm not talking about ads where the hosts pause the show to insert a sponsor segment, they're freshly generated advertisements like what you hear if you do not have premium.)
This happens on all versions I can access--desktop app for Windows 10, mobile app for Android, and the browser version through Firefox.
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Figured it out!
Ended up contacting the creator and he said that he uses Spreaker, a company that makes software & other services for podcast distribution, and it's what embeds the ads (i.e. the ads aren't through Spotify itself, but rather there is data encoded in the files that call Spreaker's ad servers so that no matter where someone is listening to it--Spotify, iTunes, iHeartRadio--it'll still make money). That's what I was starting to suspect but didn't know if that was possible to do with a big publisher like Spotify. Kind of genius though!
Here's an article about it if anyone is curious: https://blog.spreaker.com/spreakers-all-new-revenue-sharing-program/
Even though I personally have only listened to 1 podcast with these black magic ads ("dynamic ad insertion"), if anyone is ending up here with the same problem and has already run through normal troubleshooting tips, you may have found one too!
Note that podcasts can include ads - some podcasts have advertising as part of their content, but Spotify doesn't include any extra ads. I'd recommend checking out this article for more info.
Hope that helps!