Limit Spotify Ad Volume

If you’re anything like me, you hate being interrupted by ads featuring Christina Grimmie screaming “LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO” into your ears when listening to calm, classical music on Spotify. Here’s a simple way to make it slightly less annoying.

Calm is a very simple app I made to fix this little annoyance. It will listen for Spotify’s metadata broadcasts, and lower the volume slightly during advertisements. It doesn’t mute or skip ads, it only requests a duckable, transistent audio focus until Spotify is finished playing the ad.

Update: The latest Spotify version broke the app. Sorry.

Don’t have Google Play? Download Calm APK (doesn’t auto-update, remember to check back for new versions!)

The app is free, but if you like it, please consider making a small donation.
The code is on GitHub/dont-scream.

Usage

The only thing you can do wrong: setting this switch to off.

The only thing you can do wrong: setting this switch to off.

The setup is really simple. Just download and install the app on your phone. If it doesn’t work out of the box, double-check that “Device Broadcast” is enabled in the Spotify settings.

Please note that I consider this app a small experiment – I originally wrote it because I had half an hour to kill before the bus arrived. Still, if you have any questions, feel free to ask.