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.


[caption id=“attachment_356” align=“alignright” width=“300”]The only thing you can do wrong: setting this switch to off. The only thing you can do wrong: setting this switch to off.[/caption]

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.

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