Spotify Testing Way for Free Tier Users to Skip Ads 'Any Time They Want'

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  1. scir 91 macrumors newbie

    scir 91

    Jan 1, 2018
    Brooklyn, NY.
    ahhhhh, the ol' bait and switch tactic. bait people into an offer, and then switch the offer once they're in. like every human, of course i enjoy music but i wouldn't pay a penny for any entertainment. if it's not free, i just don't listen. there is PLENTY of free music movies and so on out there on the internet today. heck even the most important thing for any guy, porn, is free.

    all of these artists make nearly all their income off tours and appearances as well as live performances in las vegas and european nightclubs. let them make their millions that way while us commoners enjoy their works for free.

    also, this is NOT free anyway because giving things away creates brand awareness as well as market saturation - remember the ps1 from 1998? it DOMINATED the video game market. why? software piracy. sony didn't care because giving/allowing games to be free or cheaply available meant a larger platform base establishment. same thing with windows 98 and then xp in the year 2000. i can go on. when you give things away, it's actually a form of marketing and getting yourself a foothold in said industry.
  2. Whathappened macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2018
    And what have you and your endless wisdom achieved so far?
  3. Martinpa macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2014
    Looking at my iTunes library (of purchased songs), I can see that a few years ago, a streaming service would’ve made sense for me — back in 2015-2016, I got hundreds of songs and albums... but lately, I’ve added very few tracks, so I’d be paying more to stream them than I do to have them on my hard drive. On top of that, being in a pay as you go plan without unlimited data, I don’t want to stream music that I can just have stored locally (on my phone that is).

    Having said that, I have Spotify at work on the free plan, so I don’t have to unload a bunch of music on that hard drive, and it’s a good way to discover new artists that I may then buy the album of. Maybe eventually I’ll moved to a paid membership, either of Apple Music or Spotify, but I have no need for it now... plus it’s a life sentence, which to me makes more sense for movies/tv shows (which you might Watch only once or a few times) than for music (which you can listen to hundreds or thousands of times). So the cost per listen when you buy a track vs stream it makes more sense to me...
  4. Regbial macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2010
    Far more than the common person my age in my city, who values stupid crap like their latest sportscar or their latest vacation to Cabo above all else. (Or having the latest iPhone they don’t really need........)

    Money is not my God and it shouldn’t be anyone’s. But it is, for 80% of the people in my area.

    So yes I have my values. Does your precious CEO give off 50%+ of their money to charity? I doubt it. I bet he loves it just as much as Elon Musk and Jeff Bazos (and Tim Cook) and probably has dreams of launching off to space and letting the world burn like they do. (You know, instead of helping it. (Granted Elon has helped it a bit..))

    So yes, sorry, I am a better person than at least they are.

    Man what is with people defending this CEO so vehemently in this thread. You guys the PR team?? It was just a joke lol ... geez
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    And no “endless wisdom”. I know that’s hyperbole, but I am not a god. I don’t have all the answers. Strange I gave you that impression.

    But I am more wordly and open minded than 95% of the people in the city I live so there’s that.
  5. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    Sounds like a great strategy to make a profit /S.

    When I'm listening / looking at media, I'm not interested in any ads :).

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  6. 0970373 Suspended

    Mar 15, 2008
    Are you asking them to create a paid model in which you wouldn't have to see ads on this website? Or are you offering to bankroll the whole thing?

    Ads on this website don't really get in the way of anything. It's not like a giant ad pops up and obstructs any of the posts for 30 seconds before allowing you to continue to read.
  7. mulraven macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2012
    Allowing skips with short ads would make sense. If the ad was like 5 seconds, it would probably finish before I can press skip.
  8. evoga macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2014
    Or just use Spotify++ and you won’t have any more adverts and can choose the tracks you want to listen to.
  9. msephton macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2004
    Cornwall, UK
    They should really implement 2 Factor Authentication first.

    They've been ignoring requests for it for almost 5 years. 5 years!
  10. SegPip macrumors member


    Aug 1, 2018
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
    I'd go back to free Spotify then and cancel my premium family subscription.
  11. JoEw, Aug 12, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2018

    JoEw macrumors 68000


    Nov 29, 2009
    I think this is Spotify admitting it will to be looking to sell itself in the not too distant future.
    Samsung perhaps?
  12. pika2000 macrumors 603

    Jun 22, 2007
    That’s an interesting point. Samsung has been trying to service match Apple and Google lately (buying Bixby for example). It wouldn’t be too far fetched that they would buy Spotify as well (to match Apple Music and Google Play Music).
  13. pipis2010 macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2015
    So I am taking bets, after how much time will they shutdown this feature once released in global scale? 3-6-12 months?? My opinion is that this is stupid, because if listeners can skip all the ads, they will do it. Obviously, they won’t be able, cause I am guessing that a lot of listeners just leave the app open to play and are not in front of their devices all the time.

    Anyway, interesting idea, but I doubt it will last for very long...
  14. WalterTizzano macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2014
    Without him they might be sleeping under a bridge and barely pay a piece of bread.
  15. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    Uhm, maybe you missed that Spotify went public a few months ago?
  16. lec0rsaire macrumors 65816

    Feb 23, 2017
    Fantastic. Spotify should just hold back new releases for two weeks for free users to stop people from canceling their sub.
  17. ignatius345 macrumors 68020

    Aug 20, 2015
    Reading between the lines a little, I wonder if what they mean is you'll be able to skip any particular ad but will be served up another one. The idea being that, they imagine, you'll land on an ad you "like" (or maybe hate less than the others) and/or just get worn down enough to let one play.
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    Or only let you listen to the Slenderman soundtrack.

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