As a premium Spotify user for more than 8 years; I continue to wonder why Spotify has continued to advertise Spotify Premium as an ad-free subscription option, when it’s far from that in actuality—specifically pertaining to popular podcasts. I wanted to believe that Spotify wasn’t purposely burying this detail, but I no longer have that perspective.
If you are a paying for Spotify Premium, and are paying for the service with the expectation that podcast episodes will be ad-free; you’ll be sadly fooled. While Spotify won’t (or at least shouldn’t) interrupt your podcast listening experience to advertise their particular sponsors; individual podcasts are still filled with advertisements and lengthy sales-pitches (of which can be of any topic—Spotify users have no ability to filter out the ad topics for any reason, including those “built-in” ads containing explicit content).
Premium Spotify users are seemingly footing the bill twice: we pay the monthly elevated “ad-free” Spotify fee, and also are paying the salary of podcasters who continue to get paid to advertise for their sponsors.
Please provide a well-supported argument, as to why a Premium Spotify account is a desired upgrade from a free Spotify account—pertaining to someone who listens to only podcasts. I’d love to change my mind re: canceling my premium account; but so far, I’m not finding a logical nor factual reason to support this.