EZBlocker is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that blocks ads on Spotify when it is run on machines running Windows.
Spotify is available as a free version and a premium version. The free version includes advertisement and some other limitations such as limited song skipping or the best audio quality the service has to offer.
Audio ads are played usually when you run Spotify as a free user. While that is okay for most users and situations, considering that Spotify offers a free service, it sometimes can kill the mood depending on what you are doing at the time. Ever tried to relax listening to ambient sounds only to be interrupted by ads every couple of songs? Spotify Free used to launch ads in the system browser as well in the past.
EZBlocker is a free program for Windows that blocks or mutes advertisement on Spotify. The program attempts to block advertisement from being loaded by default, but will mute it if it cannot do so.
The program mutes Spotify if advertisement (audio and video) is loaded (and not blocked), and enables the normal playback volume when the next song is loaded by the Spotify application.
The application can be run without installation, but it requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 4.5. It is compatible with Windows 7 and newer versions of Windows, and displays some options when you run it:
You can open the Volume Mixer from within the client, but that is all of the functionality that it offers. It does list the current song in the interface which may be useful to determine whether the Spotify ad blocker works correctly.
Users who don't want to run programs for blocking ads on Spotify may use their system's hosts file to block advertisement instead. Check this post on Reddit for instructions.
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