Spotify Free users can now watch a video ad and get 30 minutes of uninterrupted listening in return

By Shawn Knight
Sep 8, 2014
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  1. Streaming music service Spotify is going visual. The company on Monday announced they're getting into the video business by launching a pair of video advertising products targeting a slice of its 30+ million free users around the globe.

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  2. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 451   +37

    This is a pretty good way to compensate if users don't want to listen to ads every 3 or 4 songs. I bet Spotify even makes more money this way through video ads. As a premium member, I'm not angry at this and I'm still going to stick with my premium, just because I listen to music so much on my phone and computer that to me it makes more sense to pay $10 a month for access to my playlists of over 1000 songs. Anyone still using iTunes is an *****, and those that use Pandora are just misguided. Why listen to radio on Pandora when you can listen to radios and save songs in playlists? Clearly spotfiy is the better choice
  3. trgz

    trgz TS Booster Posts: 148   +22

    Been, or rather 'was', a free Spotify user since 2008 (I got invited before it went fully public) and to be honest I rarely use it these days. I've seen such a degradation in it's service over the years with many, almost hundreds, of songs disappearing from my playlists and the inclusion of many distasteful social media and dating adverts that I might log on once every six months to check a tune out.
    update: I just logged on for the sake of this comment and the interface seems less 'social-media'-like but the inter-song ads clearly have not been targeted at me and my previous listening choices. And still, the red X doesn't shut it down - do they not know how to minimize to the tray? Poor
  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,408   +461

    Your comment was spot on to the point you started throwing **** to the fan, it's unnecesary. Keeping your comments on what is good and what is not it's fine, telling people they are anything less (even using crude vocabulary) for using something is not cool.

    Back to topic, I'm into this although my country is not being targetted, anywho.

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