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The hosts file entries to block Spotify audio ad servers.
127.0.0.1 media-match.com
127.0.0.1 adclick.g.doublecklick.net
127.0.0.1 www.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 open.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 pagead2.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 desktop.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 googleads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 www.omaze.com
127.0.0.1 omaze.com
127.0.0.1 bounceexchange.com
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commented Nov 10, 2017

127.0.0.1 adclick.g.doublecklick.net
127.0.0.1 adeventtracker.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 ads-fa.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 analytics.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 b.scorecardresearch.com
127.0.0.1 bounceexchange.com
127.0.0.1 bs.serving-sys.com
127.0.0.1 content.bitsontherun.com
127.0.0.1 core.insightexpressai.com
127.0.0.1 crashdump.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 d2gi7ultltnc2u.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 d3rt1990lpmkn.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 desktop.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 ds.serving-sys.com
127.0.0.1 googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 googleads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 gtssl2-ocsp.geotrust.com
127.0.0.1 js.moatads.com
127.0.0.1 log.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 media-match.com
127.0.0.1 omaze.com
127.0.0.1 open.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 pagead46.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pagead2.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 partner.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 pubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 redirector.gvt1.com
127.0.0.1 s0.2mdn.net
127.0.0.1 securepubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 spclient.wg.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 tpc.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 v.jwpcdn.com
127.0.0.1 video-ad-stats.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 weblb-wg.gslb.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 www.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 www.googletagservices.com

Updated list

Credit to DillonInstruments on Reddit

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commented Nov 11, 2017

Thanks for your job.

Some domains are blocking other sites such next-episode.net
127.0.0.1 pagead2.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 tpc.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 video-ad-stats.googlesyndication.com

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commented Dec 21, 2017

Host file .bat
Blocks:
Ccleaner licences
Google Adds
Spotfy Adds
Adobe Potoshop Licences
Corel Draw Licences
All Products of Piriform (Driver booster, ccleaner, Advanced SystemCare etc...)
Skype Adds
Bitcoins mining Adds
Browser Adds and more ...
By Me ;)
**

https://www.4shared.com/file/rgz_8d1yca/host.html?

Just right clic, run as administrator to update your host file (this file just add lines on your hots)
ianchuky32@gmail.com

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commented Jan 24, 2018

Today i updated my Spotify to version 1.0.72.117.g6bd7cc73 and with the hosts on second post i would not start to login.
So i checked all the host entries and found out that this one was blocking Spotify from start:
#127.0.0.1 spclient.wg.spotify.com

So, the new working hosts file (for everyone having the Spotify loading problem) is:
############## SPOTIFY - ADS - BEGIN
127.0.0.1 media-match.com
127.0.0.1 adclick.g.doublecklick.net
127.0.0.1 www.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 pagead2.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 googleads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 securepubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 www.omaze.com
127.0.0.1 omaze.com
127.0.0.1 bounceexchange.com
127.0.0.1 core.insightexpressai.com
127.0.0.1 content.bitsontherun.com
127.0.0.1 s0.2mdn.net
127.0.0.1 v.jwpcdn.com
127.0.0.1 d2gi7ultltnc2u.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 cs283.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 u.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.edgecastcdn.net
127.0.0.1 pagead46.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pagead.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 video-ad-stats.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 pagead-googlehosted.l.google.com
127.0.0.1 partnerad.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net
127.0.0.1 adserver.adtechus.com
127.0.0.1 na.gmtdmp.com
127.0.0.1 anycast.pixel.adsafeprotected.com
127.0.0.1 ads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 idsync-ext.rlcdn.com
127.0.0.1 www.googletagservices.com
127.0.0.1 googlehosted.l.googleusercontent.com
127.0.0.1 d361oi6ppvq2ym.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 gads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 ads-west-colo.adsymptotic.com
127.0.0.1 geo3.ggpht.com
127.0.0.1 showads33000.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 crashdump.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 adeventtracker.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 log.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 analytics.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 ads-fa.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 sto3.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 http://audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 www.audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 desktop.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 open.spotify.com
#127.0.0.1 spclient.wg.spotify.com
############## SPOTIFY - ADS - END

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commented Jan 24, 2018

Unfortunately adverts did appear again after using pirolito hosts list. Any suggestions?

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commented Jan 25, 2018

Well, @l3vy23, i noticed the same thing and fixed it by uninstalling, installing version 1.0.66 and added this hosts to block any Spotify auto-updates:

  • 0.0.0.0 upgrade.spotify.com
  • 0.0.0.0 www.spotify-desktop.com
  • 0.0.0.0 sto3-accesspoint-a88.sto3.spotify.net
  • 0.0.0.0 upgrade.scdn.co
  • 0.0.0.0 beta.spotify.map.fastly.net
  • 0.0.0.0 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net

Hope this helps.
I've been listening Spotify for about 8 hours today and not a single Ad.

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commented Jan 25, 2018

Please somebody update hosts for window machine. Apparently new version is came out. I could not log in app, cause my old ports does not right.

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commented Jan 26, 2018

so far so good. thanks a ton @pirolito

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commented Jan 31, 2018

@pirolito where did u get 1.0.66 installer please? I've been searching (even for 1.0.70 as there was no problem with this version) with no luck.

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commented Feb 3, 2018

Where I can get an updated host please?

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commented Feb 6, 2018

If your Musixmatch or other spotify based apps don't work with detecting a song try updating to @pirolito 's list. Worked for me!

tags: ad ads ad block spotify music musix match musixmatch (I googled for this and found nothing, so this might help)

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commented Feb 7, 2018

FYI blocking open.spotify.com blocks access to the web player.

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commented Feb 7, 2018

Oh you're right.
open.spotify.com and desktop.spotify.com block musixmatch. Now I can even block google ads safely.
Thanks a lot @austinjdean !

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commented Feb 12, 2018

I recommend removing all *.googleusercontent.com entries as that can block google maps streetview.

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commented Feb 14, 2018

I also had to remove "geo3.ggpht.com" entry to don't block my google maps streetview, I don't know why but 50% of the images was blur with this entry.

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commented Feb 17, 2018

I got success using @pirolito post of host + using a older version of Spotify and blocking the update sites, newest version played ads and sometimes just stop playing music until I restart the app.

I don't know if it's ok to post link but I risk it and downloaded the 1.0.64.399 version from Uptodown (https://spotify.en.uptodown.com/windows/old), it doesn't seem to be anything wrong or fishy with my client, so I'm guessing is legit, feel free to delete the link if it violate any rule or ask me to delete it.

Feb 17 2018

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commented Feb 25, 2018

@shadypierre thank you
commenting geo3.ggpht.com removed the blur

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commented Mar 28, 2018

I am using @pirolito's updated list on Android 7.1.1 with Adaway and I still get ads. Any fix or different list of hosts for android app?

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commented May 28, 2018

muchas gracias a @pirolito tiene todos los codes que bloquean la cochina publicidad de spotify!!! SALUDOS DESDE VENEZUELA

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commented Jun 8, 2018

opus-x its not working for me?

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commented Jun 14, 2018

May i ask something? How yall get these urls??

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commented Jun 15, 2018

@DarkOverFlow Just by logical thinking. Spotify also uses (video) ad servers with hex prefixes. When I blocked some of them, Spotify started using other servers. So I saw the pattern. Pasted three in an Excel-sheet and let it auto-generate the server list (and that worked). Added also hosts for audio ads but they are non-existent at this time.

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commented Jun 17, 2018

@opus-x your gist doesn't work on my pc

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commented Jul 7, 2018

@DarkOverFlow One could also analyse spotify's traffic with wireshark to find out which ad servers they are contacting

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commented Jul 14, 2018

I remove 127.0.0.1 spclient.wg.spotify.com entrie, that block me friends list.

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commented Aug 2, 2018

@nicmr Got any tutorials on how to filter the traffic to find ads from a specific application?

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commented Aug 7, 2018

this stuff has helped me greatly on mac with terminal, is there a way of doing this on windows with cmd?

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commented Aug 8, 2018

Ei alguém sabe como resolver o problema da rádio? Não inicia

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commented Aug 17, 2018

i have the most recent version of spotify and the above lists didn't work. so i searched the internet and combined several lists. removed duplicates. testing now

edit update at 1:03p cdt - still playing audio ads. it is probably the spclient one that turns off the friends feed that does the streaming of the ads. gonna take a break. lolol. maybe there is a specific port we can block on "127.0.0.1 spclient.wg.spotify.com" that will block ads but not friends list?

#Updated List @ 12:46p cdt 18-17-2018

127.0.0.1 ad.atdmt.com
127.0.0.1 adclick.g.doublecklick.net
127.0.0.1 adeventtracker.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 adlab.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 adnxs.com
127.0.0.1 adnxs.comadplexmedia.adk2x.com
127.0.0.1 ads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 ads.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 ads-akp.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 adserver.adtechus.com
127.0.0.1 ads-fa.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 ads-sp-lon.cdn.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 ads-west-colo.adsymptotic.com
127.0.0.1 analytics.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 anycast.pixel.adsafeprotected.com
127.0.0.1 assets.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-ak.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-akp.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-cf.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-fa.scdn.co #donotblockwhileusingchromecast
127.0.0.1 audio-fa.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-fab.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-fac-spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-gc.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 audio-gc.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-sp-lon.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-sp-sto.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 b.scorecardresearch.com
127.0.0.1 beta.spotify.map.fastly.net
127.0.0.1 bid.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 bounceexchange.com
127.0.0.1 bs.serving-sys.com
127.0.0.1 cm.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 content.bitsontherun.com
127.0.0.1 core.insightexpressai.com
127.0.0.1 crashdump.ciqe-gslb.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 crashdump.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.edgecastcdn.net
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 cs283.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 d2gi7ultltnc2u.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 d361oi6ppvq2ym.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 d3rt1990lpmkn.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 desktop.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 ds.serving-sys.com
127.0.0.1 dt.adsafeprotected.com
127.0.0.1 fw.adsafeprotected.com
127.0.0.1 gads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 geo3.ggpht.com
127.0.0.1 gew1.ap.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 googleadapis.l.google.com
127.0.0.1 googleads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 googleads4.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 googlehosted.l.googleusercontent.com
127.0.0.1 googletagservices.com
127.0.0.1 gtssl2-ocsp.geotrust.com
127.0.0.1 heads-ak.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-akp.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-cf.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-fa.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 heads-fa.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-fab.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-fac.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 idsync-ext.rlcdn.com
127.0.0.1 js.moatads.com
127.0.0.1 links.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 log.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 log2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 lon6-accesspoint-a33.lon6.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 media-match.com
127.0.0.1 mp3ad.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 na.gmtdmp.com
127.0.0.1 omaze.com
127.0.0.1 open.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 pagead.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pagead2.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 pagead46.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pagead-googlehosted.l.google.com
127.0.0.1 partner.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 partnerad.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 partner-service.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 partner-service-testing.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 payment-callback.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 pci.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 pixel.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net
127.0.0.1 prod.spotify-heads.map.fastlylb.net
127.0.0.1 pubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 redirector.gvt1.com
127.0.0.1 s0.2mdn.net
127.0.0.1 secure.insightexpressai.com
127.0.0.1 securepubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 seen-on-screen.thewhizmarketing.com
127.0.0.1 server-54-230-216-203.mrs50.r.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 showads33000.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 spotify-desktop.com
127.0.0.1 sto3.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 sto3-accesspoint-a88.sto3.spotify.net
127.0.0.1 sync.adaptv.advertising.com
127.0.0.1 techattend.com
127.0.0.1 tpc.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 u.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 upgrade.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 upgrade.scdn.co#optional
127.0.0.1 upgrade.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 upgrade.spotify.com#optional
127.0.0.1 v.jwpcdn.com
127.0.0.1 video-ad-stats.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 video-fa.cdn.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 video-fa.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 video-fa-b.cdn.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 weblb-wg.gslb.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 www.audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 www.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 www.googletagservices.com
127.0.0.1 www.omaze.com

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commented Aug 25, 2018

Yeah! @danielp174 Simply open cmd (or powershell) as administrator and navigate to "C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc". Now do a 'notepad hosts' and edit away.

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commented Aug 28, 2018

@jseal1987 do you know how yo block the audio ads? even blocking the spotify friends, I do not use that option so temporarily can work perfectly with me.

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commented Aug 29, 2018

Hey, I use a program called Adguard to block Spotify ads and other progams, its like Adblock or Ublock where you can select custom filters but you can assign it to any application on your pc not just a browser, so just assign it to Spotify and it works like a charm for me.

Hope that helps :)

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commented Sep 4, 2018

Is there a way to get the radio working also?

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commented Sep 4, 2018

So for the friend list problem. We can't block the entire URL because the list is gone but if we don't we start to let adds in. Now ads and the list cant be on the same port, so we know that there must be at least 2 ports open on spclient.wg.spotify.com. If we do a port scan of the url we find there are many ports open...

PORT STATE SERVICE
25/tcp open smtp
43/tcp open whois
80/tcp open http
110/tcp open pop3
143/tcp open imap
195/tcp open dn6-nlm-aud
443/tcp open https
465/tcp open smtps
587/tcp open submission
700/tcp open epp
993/tcp open imaps
995/tcp open pop3s
1883/tcp open mqtt
3389/tcp open ms-wbt-server
5222/tcp open xmpp-client
5432/tcp open postgresql
5671/tcp open amqps
5672/tcp open amqp
5900/tcp open vnc
5901/tcp open vnc-1
6379/tcp open redis
8080/tcp open http-proxy
8085/tcp open unknown
8099/tcp open unknown
9092/tcp open XmlIpcRegSvc
9200/tcp open wap-wsp
9300/tcp open vrace

We can eliminate a couple of these though because we know their standard ports.
Past that I am unsure, we would need to block each port and slowly test which lets the list through but not the ads.

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commented Sep 13, 2018

@wiredbrother Have you made any progress with this? Would love to get it solved on my end too 👍

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commented Sep 24, 2018

127.0.0.1 adclick.g.doublecklick.net
127.0.0.1 adeventtracker.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 ads-fa.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 analytics.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 b.scorecardresearch.com
127.0.0.1 bounceexchange.com
127.0.0.1 bs.serving-sys.com
127.0.0.1 content.bitsontherun.com
127.0.0.1 core.insightexpressai.com
127.0.0.1 crashdump.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 d2gi7ultltnc2u.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 d3rt1990lpmkn.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 desktop.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 ds.serving-sys.com
127.0.0.1 googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 googleads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 gtssl2-ocsp.geotrust.com
127.0.0.1 js.moatads.com
127.0.0.1 log.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 media-match.com
127.0.0.1 omaze.com
127.0.0.1 open.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 pagead46.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pagead2.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 partner.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 pubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 redirector.gvt1.com
127.0.0.1 s0.2mdn.net
127.0.0.1 securepubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 spclient.wg.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 tpc.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 v.jwpcdn.com
127.0.0.1 video-ad-stats.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 weblb-wg.gslb.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 www.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 www.googletagservices.com

works fine

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commented Sep 24, 2018

What works fine with the above there mate?

The radio?

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commented Oct 17, 2018

hey, was the friends issue resolved? because if I don't block the spclient.wg.spotify.com I have video ads and if I the friends and daily mixes don't work, so that sucks

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commented Oct 18, 2018

Any update to the list? I've started to have audio ads some time ago again :(

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commented Oct 18, 2018

Hello there, any updates on which ports to block would be greatly appreciated!

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commented Oct 19, 2018

thanks for this

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commented Nov 6, 2018

Artist songs not display anymore... ?

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commented Nov 6, 2018

To correct the problem with Artist page and radio you need to remove "127.0.0.1 spclient.wg.spotify.com" from the list, you will get a black banner at the border but without ads.

EDIT: you have audio ads

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commented Nov 7, 2018

To correct the problem with Artist page and radio you need to remove "127.0.0.1 spclient.wg.spotify.com" from the list, you will get a black banner at the border but without ads.

EDIT: you have audio ads

I also found the "corrupted" line few minutes ago, but didnt noticed any audio ads yet. Is there any reason why this line suddenly bugged out and can we expect a fix for the black bar (and audio ads if they really appear) soon?

Edit: The line is fixed and works properly. No black banner and no audio ads anymore.

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For the detailed tutorial on blocking Spotify ads, you can refer to this source page: How to Block Ads on Spotify, which includes 4 ways.

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To correct the problem with Artist page and radio you need to remove "127.0.0.1 spclient.wg.spotify.com" from the list, you will get a black banner at the border but without ads.
EDIT: you have audio ads

I also found the "corrupted" line few minutes ago, but didnt noticed any audio ads yet. Is there any reason why this line suddenly bugged out and can we expect a fix for the black bar (and audio ads if they really appear) soon?

Edit: The line is fixed and works properly. No black banner and no audio ads anymore.

audio ads didnt disappear

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To correct the problem with Artist page and radio you need to remove "127.0.0.1 spclient.wg.spotify.com" from the list, you will get a black banner at the border but without ads.
EDIT: you have audio ads

I also found the "corrupted" line few minutes ago, but didnt noticed any audio ads yet. Is there any reason why this line suddenly bugged out and can we expect a fix for the black bar (and audio ads if they really appear) soon?
Edit: The line is fixed and works properly. No black banner and no audio ads anymore.

audio ads didnt disappear

I can only speak for myself. I use the list by srtod and only removed the line "127.0.0.1 open.spotify.com", since it used to crash my discord, when joining any music channels, where spotify links are posted. Works flawless.

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To correct the problem with Artist page and radio you need to remove "127.0.0.1 spclient.wg.spotify.com" from the list, you will get a black banner at the border but without ads.
EDIT: you have audio ads

I also found the "corrupted" line few minutes ago, but didnt noticed any audio ads yet. Is there any reason why this line suddenly bugged out and can we expect a fix for the black bar (and audio ads if they really appear) soon?

Edit: The line is fixed and works properly. No black banner and no audio ads anymore.

if i remove spclient.wg.spotify.com from the hosts file and when the ads kick in there will be 30 seconds of silence.. however if i don't remove that line from the hosts file i am not able to add new songs to my playlist. they will be synced to spotify servers so it appears on the web (browser) player but not on the desktop client. im also not able to play new songs (songs that are not already on my playlist) on the desktop app if that line is not removed

anyone knows of a better solution without removing "spclient.wg.spotify.com" line from the hosts file?

edit: the 30 seconds of silence is because i've installed spotifree previously. without spotifree the spotify ads will play with 30 seconds of audio

edit 2: adding back "spclient.wg.spotify.com" to the hosts file and all the issues mentioned above (radio function, playing new songs, adding new songs to playlist etc) is fixed! perhaps removing and adding back fixes everything. using spotify 1.0.92.390.g2ce5ec7d on OS X el capitan.

edit 3: upon further testing removing and adding back "spclient.wg.spotify.com" fixes radio function but im still unable to play new songs, add new songs to playlist from the desktop app.

edit 4: radio function works, but im able to play new songs, add new songs to playlist from the desktop app but it only works for certain songs (about 30%)..

someone has a solution?

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is this updated?

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The more as I know is about Spotify in this post. If you are Spotify fan, you may know all Spotify free users can play music online, not right to download music or play offline. If you are willing to download or play Spotify music offline on any devices. You can try Spotify Music Converter Windows. It is for you to remove DRM protection and convert Spotify to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, M4B, etc at faster speed with lossless quality.

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seems like the spclient.wg.spotify.com is very closely tied to Spotify itself. So I guess we would need to observe the traffic while playing the radio function and see where the ads are coming from. Thats a step, unless its already done.

I turned spclient.wg.spotify.com back on, got to the radio and opened one of the radio stations and spotify indicates that it cannot be started.

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this new list definitely still gives you audio ads which is cancer, is there a older version of the desktop client that doesn't have this issue?

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Using this host file rigth now and an older version of Spotify (1.0.66.478.g1296534d) with some lines that block the update process.
Just download that version and add this lines, should work without ads and also working friend activity and radio.

############## SPOTIFY - ADS - START
0.0.0.0 adeventtracker.spotify.com

0.0.0.0 ads-fa.spotify.com

0.0.0.0 analytics.spotify.com

0.0.0.0 audio2.spotify.com

0.0.0.0 b.scorecardresearch.com

0.0.0.0 bounceexchange.com

0.0.0.0 bs.serving-sys.com

0.0.0.0 content.bitsontherun.com

0.0.0.0 core.insightexpressai.com

0.0.0.0 crashdump.spotify.com

0.0.0.0 d2gi7ultltnc2u.cloudfront.net

0.0.0.0 d3rt1990lpmkn.cloudfront.net

0.0.0.0 desktop.spotify.com

0.0.0.0 doubleclick.net

0.0.0.0 ds.serving-sys.com

0.0.0.0 googleadservices.com

0.0.0.0 googleads.g.doubleclick.net

0.0.0.0 gtssl2-ocsp.geotrust.com

0.0.0.0 js.moatads.com

0.0.0.0 log.spotify.com

0.0.0.0 media-match.com

0.0.0.0 omaze.com

0.0.0.0 pagead46.l.doubleclick.net

0.0.0.0 pagead2.googlesyndication.com

0.0.0.0 partner.googleadservices.com

0.0.0.0 pubads.g.doubleclick.net

0.0.0.0 redirector.gvt1.com

0.0.0.0 s0.2mdn.net

0.0.0.0 securepubads.g.doubleclick.net

0.0.0.0 spclient.wg.spotify.com

0.0.0.0 tpc.googlesyndication.com

0.0.0.0 v.jwpcdn.com

0.0.0.0 video-ad-stats.googlesyndication.com

0.0.0.0 weblb-wg.gslb.spotify.com

0.0.0.0 www.googleadservices.com

0.0.0.0 www.googletagservices.com

0.0.0.0 www.omaze.com

###UPDATE THINGY
0.0.0.0 upgrade.spotify.com
0.0.0.0 www.spotify-desktop.com
0.0.0.0 sto3-accesspoint-a88.sto3.spotify.net
0.0.0.0 upgrade.scdn.co
0.0.0.0 beta.spotify.map.fastly.net
0.0.0.0 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net
############## SPOTIFY - ADS - END

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###UPDATE THINGY
0.0.0.0 upgrade.spotify.com
0.0.0.0 www.spotify-desktop.com
0.0.0.0 sto3-accesspoint-a88.sto3.spotify.net
0.0.0.0 upgrade.scdn.co
0.0.0.0 beta.spotify.map.fastly.net
0.0.0.0 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net
############## SPOTIFY - ADS - END

Comment these lines, otherwise all the images (album,artists etc) disappear
0.0.0.0 beta.spotify.map.fastly.net
0.0.0.0 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net

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I can't play truly many songs with this hosts file, and I can't see friends activity (that is not a problem).
Anyone can help me?

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comment the line spclient.wg.spotify.com to play blocked songs but you will have ads then...

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How do you even download an older version of Spotify? When you download the installer, it installs the newest one.

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i'd like to know the same thing as the guy above me (idk how to use github that well)
or if anyone found out the dilemma with having spclient.wg.spotify.com disables the function to use radio, check friend activity, playlist management and such (but removing it fixes those problems but ads still appear)?

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following the advice from @rovente filtering every single line

127.0.0.1 ad.atdmt.com
127.0.0.1 adclick.g.doublecklick.net
127.0.0.1 adeventtracker.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 adlab.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 adnxs.com
127.0.0.1 adnxs.comadplexmedia.adk2x.com
127.0.0.1 ads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 ads.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 ads-akp.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 adserver.adtechus.com
127.0.0.1 ads-fa.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 ads-sp-lon.cdn.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 ads-west-colo.adsymptotic.com
127.0.0.1 analytics.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 anycast.pixel.adsafeprotected.com
127.0.0.1 assets.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-ak.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-akp.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-cf.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-fa.scdn.co #donotblockwhileusingchromecast
127.0.0.1 audio-fa.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-fab.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-fac-spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-gc.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 audio-gc.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-sp-lon.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-sp-sto.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 b.scorecardresearch.com
127.0.0.1 bid.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 bounceexchange.com
127.0.0.1 bs.serving-sys.com
127.0.0.1 cm.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 content.bitsontherun.com
127.0.0.1 core.insightexpressai.com
127.0.0.1 crashdump.ciqe-gslb.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 crashdump.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.edgecastcdn.net
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 cs283.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 d2gi7ultltnc2u.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 d361oi6ppvq2ym.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 d3rt1990lpmkn.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 desktop.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 ds.serving-sys.com
127.0.0.1 dt.adsafeprotected.com
127.0.0.1 fw.adsafeprotected.com
127.0.0.1 gads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 geo3.ggpht.com
127.0.0.1 gew1.ap.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 googleadapis.l.google.com
127.0.0.1 googleads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 googleads4.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 googlehosted.l.googleusercontent.com
127.0.0.1 googletagservices.com
127.0.0.1 gtssl2-ocsp.geotrust.com
127.0.0.1 heads-ak.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-akp.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-cf.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-fa.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 heads-fa.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-fab.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-fac.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 idsync-ext.rlcdn.com
127.0.0.1 js.moatads.com
127.0.0.1 links.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 log.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 log2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 lon6-accesspoint-a33.lon6.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 media-match.com
127.0.0.1 mp3ad.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 na.gmtdmp.com
127.0.0.1 omaze.com
127.0.0.1 open.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 pagead.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pagead2.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 pagead46.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pagead-googlehosted.l.google.com
127.0.0.1 partner.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 partnerad.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 partner-service.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 partner-service-testing.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 payment-callback.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 pci.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 pixel.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net
127.0.0.1 prod.spotify-heads.map.fastlylb.net
127.0.0.1 pubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 redirector.gvt1.com
127.0.0.1 s0.2mdn.net
127.0.0.1 secure.insightexpressai.com
127.0.0.1 securepubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 seen-on-screen.thewhizmarketing.com
127.0.0.1 server-54-230-216-203.mrs50.r.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 showads33000.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 spotify-desktop.com
127.0.0.1 sto3.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 sto3-accesspoint-a88.sto3.spotify.net
127.0.0.1 sync.adaptv.advertising.com
127.0.0.1 techattend.com
127.0.0.1 tpc.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 u.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 [www.googleadservices.com](http://www.googleadservices.com)
127.0.0.1 [www.omaze.com](http://www.omaze.com)
127.0.0.1 v.jwpcdn.com
127.0.0.1 video-ad-stats.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 [www.googletagservices.com](http://www.googletagservices.com)
127.0.0.1 http://audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 [www.audio2.spotify.com](http://www.audio2.spotify.com)
127.0.0.1 spclient.wg.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 weblb-wg.gslb.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 www.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 www.googletagservices.com
127.0.0.1 www.omaze.com
127.0.0.1 upgrade.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 upgrade.scdn.co#optional
127.0.0.1 upgrade.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 upgrade.spotify.com#optional
127.0.0.1 video-fa.cdn.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 video-fa.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 video-fa-b.cdn.spotify.com
# 127.0.0.1 beta.spotify.map.fastly.net
# 0.0.0.0 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net
0.0.0.0 [www.spotify-desktop.com](http://www.spotify-desktop.com)
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following the advice from @rovente filtering every single line

127.0.0.1 ad.atdmt.com
127.0.0.1 adclick.g.doublecklick.net
127.0.0.1 adeventtracker.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 adlab.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 adnxs.com
127.0.0.1 adnxs.comadplexmedia.adk2x.com
127.0.0.1 ads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 ads.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 ads-akp.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 adserver.adtechus.com
127.0.0.1 ads-fa.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 ads-sp-lon.cdn.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 ads-west-colo.adsymptotic.com
127.0.0.1 analytics.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 anycast.pixel.adsafeprotected.com
127.0.0.1 assets.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-ak.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-akp.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-cf.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-fa.scdn.co #donotblockwhileusingchromecast
127.0.0.1 audio-fa.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-fab.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-fac-spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-gc.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 audio-gc.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-sp-lon.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-sp-sto.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 b.scorecardresearch.com
127.0.0.1 bid.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 bounceexchange.com
127.0.0.1 bs.serving-sys.com
127.0.0.1 cm.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 content.bitsontherun.com
127.0.0.1 core.insightexpressai.com
127.0.0.1 crashdump.ciqe-gslb.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 crashdump.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.edgecastcdn.net
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 cs283.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 d2gi7ultltnc2u.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 d361oi6ppvq2ym.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 d3rt1990lpmkn.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 desktop.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 ds.serving-sys.com
127.0.0.1 dt.adsafeprotected.com
127.0.0.1 fw.adsafeprotected.com
127.0.0.1 gads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 geo3.ggpht.com
127.0.0.1 gew1.ap.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 googleadapis.l.google.com
127.0.0.1 googleads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 googleads4.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 googlehosted.l.googleusercontent.com
127.0.0.1 googletagservices.com
127.0.0.1 gtssl2-ocsp.geotrust.com
127.0.0.1 heads-ak.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-akp.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-cf.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-fa.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 heads-fa.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-fab.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-fac.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 idsync-ext.rlcdn.com
127.0.0.1 js.moatads.com
127.0.0.1 links.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 log.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 log2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 lon6-accesspoint-a33.lon6.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 media-match.com
127.0.0.1 mp3ad.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 na.gmtdmp.com
127.0.0.1 omaze.com
127.0.0.1 open.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 pagead.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pagead2.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 pagead46.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pagead-googlehosted.l.google.com
127.0.0.1 partner.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 partnerad.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 partner-service.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 partner-service-testing.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 payment-callback.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 pci.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 pixel.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net
127.0.0.1 prod.spotify-heads.map.fastlylb.net
127.0.0.1 pubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 redirector.gvt1.com
127.0.0.1 s0.2mdn.net
127.0.0.1 secure.insightexpressai.com
127.0.0.1 securepubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 seen-on-screen.thewhizmarketing.com
127.0.0.1 server-54-230-216-203.mrs50.r.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 showads33000.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 spotify-desktop.com
127.0.0.1 sto3.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 sto3-accesspoint-a88.sto3.spotify.net
127.0.0.1 sync.adaptv.advertising.com
127.0.0.1 techattend.com
127.0.0.1 tpc.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 u.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 [www.googleadservices.com](http://www.googleadservices.com)
127.0.0.1 [www.omaze.com](http://www.omaze.com)
127.0.0.1 v.jwpcdn.com
127.0.0.1 video-ad-stats.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 [www.googletagservices.com](http://www.googletagservices.com)
127.0.0.1 http://audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 [www.audio2.spotify.com](http://www.audio2.spotify.com)
127.0.0.1 spclient.wg.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 weblb-wg.gslb.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 www.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 www.googletagservices.com
127.0.0.1 www.omaze.com
127.0.0.1 upgrade.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 upgrade.scdn.co#optional
127.0.0.1 upgrade.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 upgrade.spotify.com#optional
127.0.0.1 video-fa.cdn.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 video-fa.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 video-fa-b.cdn.spotify.com
# 127.0.0.1 beta.spotify.map.fastly.net
# 0.0.0.0 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net
0.0.0.0 [www.spotify-desktop.com](http://www.spotify-desktop.com)

i just applied it, and it works great but friend activity does not show. However, audio and banner ads are gone, radio seems to be working, and i can add to my playlist. I will update it if i find a problem.

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spotify crashed after trying to use radio the first time but when i relaunched it and tried it again it worked fine. The only problem is the friends bar (I used the text in the comment above)

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commented Feb 13, 2019

i should also mention its with the latest version of spotify on the windows store

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commented Feb 13, 2019

I can play songs from playlists only...

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Up to a few days, using the hosts list of this thread to block spotify ads was working fine. But recently, I started having a lot of songs that were blocked into spotify so I checked my host file and it appears I had to comment the spclient.wg.spotify.com redirection for these songs to play again. But doing so, I also now have audio ads back :( .
So did anyone find a solution to block all ads without blocking access to some songs on the latest version of spotify desktop (windows)?
Else, can anyone put a link to download the last version of spotify that fully worked with the hosts file blocking list? (so that I download it and block the update to the latest version if there is no solution for it for now)

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So i'm able to listen to the radio, access friends list, etc, but the only problem with the addresses that I've blocked is that there are some songs I can't play, where the image shows a CD, and there is no name.
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And this is what the friends bar looks like on mine (not sure entirely if it works, as I have no friends to add)
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0.0.0.0 adclick.g.doublecklick.net

0.0.0.0 b.scorecardresearch.com

0.0.0.0 bounceexchange.com

0.0.0.0 bs.serving-sys.com

0.0.0.0 content.bitsontherun.com

0.0.0.0 core.insightexpressai.com

0.0.0.0 d2gi7ultltnc2u.cloudfront.net

0.0.0.0 d3rt1990lpmkn.cloudfront.net

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0.0.0.0 www.googletagservices.com

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On Mac I've downgraded Spotify to 1.0.96.181 and the problem with blocked songs was gone.

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commented Feb 16, 2019

Monitoring traffic on my pi-hole and I got a couple of requests to audio-sp-lhr.pscdn.co which passed through - is this another Spotify ad server? will blacklist now and report back

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On Mac I've downgraded Spotify to 1.0.96.181 and the problem with blocked songs was gone.

Man, This is not a solution, I Downgrade to 1.0.96.181 and the problem persist.

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After 30 mins I found this hostnames, allowing outgoing connections fix my problem, I have more than 1 hour playing and there are no signs of Ads and No Empty Songs or Playlists.

I've on Mac and I using Hands Off! App for Allow/Block Connections.
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commented Feb 17, 2019

I commented the 'spclient.wg.spotify.com' and it finally played the songs but the ad banner and audio ad are back

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I succesfully fixed this problem.
You have to add netutils.ddl to spotify folder:
https://github.com/master131/BlockTheSpot

Now everything works ;).

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commented Feb 18, 2019

@wennaspeedy Your solution worked perfectly for my. Thank you alot 👍

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Hello everyone, I've been trying to remove the ads with the hosts file method but I have several problems.
When I try to install the normal Spotify desktop program (not the one from the Microsoft store) it will automatically change (?) to the Microsoft store version and basically the method @wennaspeedy provided is useless to me.
Now the only thing left is changing the hosts file but I still get problems users such as @butterfuzz have, where certain songs won't play or i cannot add songs to my list.
Anyone can provide an updated hosts list or a different method? Thank you, everyone, for the thread alone!

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I succesfully fixed this problem.
You have to add netutils.ddl to spotify folder:
https://github.com/master131/BlockTheSpot

Now everything works ;).

Any chances for Mac version?

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The only solution for completely remove ads changing the hosts file is to stick with an older version (I suggest 1.0.95.289) and block updates, because in the newest versions if you add "spclient.wg.spotify.com" to the hosts file you block some songs (among other things, radio, social etc.), if you remove "spclient.wg.spotify.com" from hosts file you have ads back, so the only solution for me on Windows for new versions (1.1.0.237) is the one suggested by @wennaspeedy , no ads, all songs playable, radio e social all perfectly working and no need to add anything to the hosts file.

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Linux user here. Is there a .deb at a similar version lying around? I installed Spotify with snap on my machine and disabling updates seems to be impossible, so I don't believe rolling back to an older version would work. If there's a chance someone downloaded via the PPA and still has an older version...
That being said Spotify's changed their TOS to ban people using adblockers starting March. So are we screwed anyway?

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I succesfully fixed this problem.
You have to add netutils.ddl to spotify folder:
https://github.com/master131/BlockTheSpot
Now everything works ;).

Any chances for Mac version?

Yes, we need a solution for macos please

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Linux user here. Is there a .deb at a similar version lying around? I installed Spotify with snap on my machine and disabling updates seems to be impossible, so I don't believe rolling back to an older version would work. If there's a chance someone downloaded via the PPA and still has an older version...
That being said Spotify's changed their TOS to ban people using adblockers starting March. So are we screwed anyway?

Hard to say since nobody knows what will happen exactly or what they are planning to do regarding this matter

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Manjaro - Arch here..
So did anyone find a solution to block all ads without blocking access to some songs on the latest version of spotify desktop (Linux)?
For now I believe to solve the problem temporarily is comment spclient.wg.spotify.com to load new songs and playlist and uncomment after.
If I find one better solution I will paste here.

That being said Spotify's changed their TOS to ban people using adblockers starting March. So are we screwed anyway?

If you believe that spotify will ban you, unfortunatly, I recommend one backup of your playlist
[https://soundiiz.com/tutorial/spotify-to-deezer](Link to soundiiz)
You can upload your songs in deezer, and after create one new accont in spotify making the inverse process (If we found some way to block this ads sucefully)

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Linux user here. Is there a .deb at a similar version lying around? I installed Spotify with snap on my machine and disabling updates seems to be impossible, so I don't believe rolling back to an older version would work. If there's a chance someone downloaded via the PPA and still has an older version...

I'm on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. I got my .deb from here: http://packages.linuxmint.com/search.php?release=any&section=any&keyword=spotify

Currently using 1.0.92.390.g2ce5ec7d with seemingly no issues with songs not playing (with modified hosts file). I'm going to grab a few more older versions just in case that changes...

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The only solution for completely remove ads changing the hosts file is to stick with an older version (I suggest 1.0.95.289) and block updates, because in the newest versions if you add "spclient.wg.spotify.com" to the hosts file you block some songs (among other things, radio, social etc.), if you remove "spclient.wg.spotify.com" from hosts file you have ads back, so the only solution for me on Windows for new versions (1.1.0.237) is the one suggested by @wennaspeedy , no ads, all songs playable, radio e social all perfectly working and no need to add anything to the hosts file.

Strangely even with @wennaspeedy's fix on Windows 1.1.0.237 still has a whole bunch of songs not playing. Admittedly I retained my modified hosts file. Did you have to comment out the spotify-related hosts in order for this to work?

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I am trying to set up a filter using peek-and-splice from Squid Proxy on Arch Linux.
It's ending up being way more time consuming than I thought it would be and I have yet to achieve anything. Squid Proxy seems to be a very good tool, however the documentation and help online is just horrid, but It seems to be one of the only proxy servers with HTTPS intercept.

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I succesfully fixed this problem.
You have to add netutils.ddl to spotify folder:
https://github.com/master131/BlockTheSpot
Now everything works ;).

Any chances for Mac version?

Yes, we need a solution for macos please

If you have enough money for buying mac, then you can buy also premium :p

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The only solution for completely remove ads changing the hosts file is to stick with an older version (I suggest 1.0.95.289) and block updates, because in the newest versions if you add "spclient.wg.spotify.com" to the hosts file you block some songs (among other things, radio, social etc.), if you remove "spclient.wg.spotify.com" from hosts file you have ads back, so the only solution for me on Windows for new versions (1.1.0.237) is the one suggested by @wennaspeedy , no ads, all songs playable, radio e social all perfectly working and no need to add anything to the hosts file.

Strangely even with @wennaspeedy's fix on Windows 1.1.0.237 still has a whole bunch of songs not playing. Admittedly I retained my modified hosts file. Did you have to comment out the spotify-related hosts in order for this to work?

Remove "spclient.wg.spotify.com" from hosts file

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The only solution for completely remove ads changing the hosts file is to stick with an older version (I suggest 1.0.95.289) and block updates, because in the newest versions if you add "spclient.wg.spotify.com" to the hosts file you block some songs (among other things, radio, social etc.), if you remove "spclient.wg.spotify.com" from hosts file you have ads back, so the only solution for me on Windows for new versions (1.1.0.237) is the one suggested by @wennaspeedy , no ads, all songs playable, radio e social all perfectly working and no need to add anything to the hosts file.

Strangely even with @wennaspeedy's fix on Windows 1.1.0.237 still has a whole bunch of songs not playing. Admittedly I retained my modified hosts file. Did you have to comment out the spotify-related hosts in order for this to work?

Remove "spclient.wg.spotify.com" from hosts file

It was already mentioned that ads are back.
One workaround working for me in Ubuntu is to close application, clean cache folder and make it unwritable for current user. Of course, we all know side effects of disabling cache.

Hmm, I haven't tried that, however I did notice that after erasing the cache folder, spotify would load everything correctly for some time, until some songs stoped playing. I will try to make the spotify cache folder unwritable and see what happens.

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Jesus, making the Spotify Cache folder unwritable is actually working like a charm XDDD I can't believe I spent 6 hours yesterday trying to MITM myself to filter the packets to spclient.wg.spotify.com. Thank you for this @vushe, It's working perfectly, of course as long as you're not on a metered connection, and I don't notice absolutely any lag or latency when switching songs or opening new playlists. Nice find.

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Mac users, here's my solution for now, get this older version of Spotify (1.0.84.344) and add the following in your hosts :

127.0.0.1 ad.atdmt.com
127.0.0.1 adclick.g.doublecklick.net
127.0.0.1 adeventtracker.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 adlab.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 adnxs.com
127.0.0.1 adnxs.comadplexmedia.adk2x.com
127.0.0.1 ads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 ads.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 ads-akp.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 adserver.adtechus.com
127.0.0.1 ads-fa.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 ads-sp-lon.cdn.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 ads-west-colo.adsymptotic.com
127.0.0.1 analytics.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 anycast.pixel.adsafeprotected.com
127.0.0.1 assets.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-ak.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-akp.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-cf.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-fa.scdn.co #donotblockwhileusingchromecast
127.0.0.1 audio-fa.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-fab.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-fac-spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-gc.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 audio-gc.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-sp-lon.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-sp-sto.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 b.scorecardresearch.com
127.0.0.1 bid.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 bounceexchange.com
127.0.0.1 bs.serving-sys.com
127.0.0.1 cm.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 content.bitsontherun.com
127.0.0.1 core.insightexpressai.com
127.0.0.1 crashdump.ciqe-gslb.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 crashdump.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.edgecastcdn.net
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 cs283.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 d2gi7ultltnc2u.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 d361oi6ppvq2ym.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 d3rt1990lpmkn.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 desktop.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 ds.serving-sys.com
127.0.0.1 dt.adsafeprotected.com
127.0.0.1 fw.adsafeprotected.com
127.0.0.1 gads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 geo3.ggpht.com
127.0.0.1 gew1.ap.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 googleadapis.l.google.com
127.0.0.1 googleads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 googleads4.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 googlehosted.l.googleusercontent.com
127.0.0.1 googletagservices.com
127.0.0.1 gtssl2-ocsp.geotrust.com
127.0.0.1 heads-ak.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-akp.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-cf.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-fa.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 heads-fa.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-fab.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-fac.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 idsync-ext.rlcdn.com
127.0.0.1 js.moatads.com
127.0.0.1 links.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 log.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 log2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 lon6-accesspoint-a33.lon6.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 media-match.com
127.0.0.1 mp3ad.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 na.gmtdmp.com
127.0.0.1 omaze.com
127.0.0.1 open.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 pagead.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pagead2.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 pagead46.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pagead-googlehosted.l.google.com
127.0.0.1 partner.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 partnerad.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 partner-service.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 partner-service-testing.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 payment-callback.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 pci.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 pixel.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net
127.0.0.1 prod.spotify-heads.map.fastlylb.net
127.0.0.1 pubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 redirector.gvt1.com
127.0.0.1 s0.2mdn.net
127.0.0.1 secure.insightexpressai.com
127.0.0.1 securepubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 seen-on-screen.thewhizmarketing.com
127.0.0.1 server-54-230-216-203.mrs50.r.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 showads33000.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 spotify-desktop.com
127.0.0.1 sto3.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 sto3-accesspoint-a88.sto3.spotify.net
127.0.0.1 sync.adaptv.advertising.com
127.0.0.1 techattend.com
127.0.0.1 tpc.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 u.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 [www.googleadservices.com](http://www.googleadservices.com)
127.0.0.1 [www.omaze.com](http://www.omaze.com)
127.0.0.1 v.jwpcdn.com
127.0.0.1 video-ad-stats.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 [www.googletagservices.com](http://www.googletagservices.com)
127.0.0.1 http://audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 [www.audio2.spotify.com](http://www.audio2.spotify.com)
127.0.0.1 spclient.wg.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 weblb-wg.gslb.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 www.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 www.googletagservices.com
127.0.0.1 www.omaze.com
127.0.0.1 upgrade.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 upgrade.scdn.co#optional
127.0.0.1 upgrade.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 upgrade.spotify.com#optional
127.0.0.1 video-fa.cdn.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 video-fa.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 video-fa-b.cdn.spotify.com
# 127.0.0.1 beta.spotify.map.fastly.net
# 0.0.0.0 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net
0.0.0.0 [www.spotify-desktop.com](http://www.spotify-desktop.com)

I didn't hear a single ad for more than 1 hour of listening and i'm able to play every songs !

EDIT : Still the best solution for mac users !
PS : i did try the locked and empty cache folder solution but it doesn't work for me

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commented Feb 20, 2019

@wennaspeedy 's version is working so far, if it stops I'll let you know

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Just FYI, Mac and Windows users should try to delete the spotify cache folder, and denying access to spotify to that folder, it should work on all platforms but people should confirm. I can confirm it works like a charm on linux, and not having a cache folder is unnoticeable. :)

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Just FYI, Mac and Windows users should try to delete the spotify cache folder, and denying access to spotify to that folder, it should work on all platforms but people should confirm. I can confirm it works like a charm on linux, and not having a cache folder is unnoticeable. :)

I confirm. And, seemingly, you don't need to care of hosts anymore.
Well, maybe you have to still block banners if they annoy by 0.0.0.0 spclient.wg.spotify.com rule.

I left hosts file as I have had it for a few years when blocking the cache folder. Great find @vushe

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Can someone sum up the best-working way please?
Do I need to modify my hosts file AND lock the Cache folder? Where exactly is the cache folder located on a mac?

Thank you guys 👍

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Can someone sum up the best-working way please?
Do I need to modify my hosts file AND lock the Cache folder? Where exactly is the cache folder located on a mac?
Thank you guys

Best way is to buy premium subscription. Other ways require your effort.

I was just wondering because I had to wipe my hosts file due to the mentioned problem of songs not playing correctly and now I'm looking for an effort-requiring way to work around this problem.

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Still not getting any ads on 1.0.92.390.g2ce5ec7d on Ubuntu with a modified hosts (0.0.0.0 spclient.wg.spotify.com - not commented in hosts file). No blocked songs too.

Didn't disallow writing to cache, only disabled updates. I figured I don't really need anything other than core features so no complaining about the older version.

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Still not getting any ads on 1.0.92.390.g2ce5ec7d on Ubuntu with a modified hosts (0.0.0.0 spclient.wg.spotify.com - not commented in hosts file). No blocked songs too.

Didn't disallow writing to cache, only disabled updates. I figured I don't really need anything other than core features so no complaining about the older version.

Where could i get that version of deb pkg? Seems that they have removed it on their repo

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Mac users, here's my solution for now, get this older version of Spotify (1.0.84.344) and add the following in your hosts :

No ads, but "Go to songs radio" function not working(

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If you have enough money for buying mac, then you can buy also premium :p

I'm poor hackintosh user :'(

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Mac users, here's my solution for now, get this older version of Spotify (1.0.84.344) and add the following in your hosts :

No ads, but "Go to songs radio" function not working(

As I said If you add "spclient.wg.spotify.com" in your hosts file you block some features like the one you mentioned, using old version can allow you to not have blocked songs but again, some features are unavaiable, the only way is to remove "spclient.wg.spotify.com" from hosts file and find another way to prevent ads, like @vushe said, try to disallow writing in the cache folder.

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Still not getting any ads on 1.0.92.390.g2ce5ec7d on Ubuntu with a modified hosts (0.0.0.0 spclient.wg.spotify.com - not commented in hosts file). No blocked songs too.
Didn't disallow writing to cache, only disabled updates. I figured I don't really need anything other than core features so no complaining about the older version.

Where could i get that version of deb pkg? Seems that they have removed it on their repo

Here: http://packages.linuxmint.com/search.php?release=any&section=any&keyword=spotify

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ok guys,

got 0 adds in about 2 hours testing.
radion function OK.

windows 10
spotify version 1.0.66.478

Host file: (I EDITED BEFORE INSTALLING)

############## SPOTIFY - ADS - BEGIN
127.0.0.1 media-match.com
127.0.0.1 adclick.g.doublecklick.net
127.0.0.1 www.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 pagead2.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 googleads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 securepubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 www.omaze.com
127.0.0.1 omaze.com
127.0.0.1 bounceexchange.com
127.0.0.1 core.insightexpressai.com
127.0.0.1 content.bitsontherun.com
127.0.0.1 s0.2mdn.net
127.0.0.1 v.jwpcdn.com
127.0.0.1 d2gi7ultltnc2u.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 cs283.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 u.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.edgecastcdn.net
127.0.0.1 pagead46.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pagead.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 video-ad-stats.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 pagead-googlehosted.l.google.com
127.0.0.1 partnerad.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net
127.0.0.1 adserver.adtechus.com
127.0.0.1 na.gmtdmp.com
127.0.0.1 anycast.pixel.adsafeprotected.com
127.0.0.1 ads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 idsync-ext.rlcdn.com
127.0.0.1 www.googletagservices.com
127.0.0.1 googlehosted.l.googleusercontent.com
127.0.0.1 d361oi6ppvq2ym.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 gads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 ads-west-colo.adsymptotic.com
127.0.0.1 geo3.ggpht.com
127.0.0.1 showads33000.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 crashdump.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 adeventtracker.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 log.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 analytics.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 ads-fa.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 sto3.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 http://audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 www.audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 desktop.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 open.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 spclient.wg.spotify.com

##############BLOCK UPDATES
0.0.0.0 upgrade.spotify.com
0.0.0.0 www.spotify-desktop.com
0.0.0.0 sto3-accesspoint-a88.sto3.spotify.net
0.0.0.0 upgrade.scdn.co
0.0.0.0 beta.spotify.map.fastly.net
0.0.0.0 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net

############## SPOTIFY - ADS - END

let me know if it works for u.

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ok guys,

got 0 adds in about 2 hours testing.
radion function OK.

windows 10
spotify version 1.0.66.478

Host file: (I EDITED BEFORE INSTALLING)

############## SPOTIFY - ADS - BEGIN
127.0.0.1 media-match.com
127.0.0.1 adclick.g.doublecklick.net
127.0.0.1 www.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 pagead2.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 googleads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 securepubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 www.omaze.com
127.0.0.1 omaze.com
127.0.0.1 bounceexchange.com
127.0.0.1 core.insightexpressai.com
127.0.0.1 content.bitsontherun.com
127.0.0.1 s0.2mdn.net
127.0.0.1 v.jwpcdn.com
127.0.0.1 d2gi7ultltnc2u.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 cs283.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 u.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.edgecastcdn.net
127.0.0.1 pagead46.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pagead.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 video-ad-stats.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 pagead-googlehosted.l.google.com
127.0.0.1 partnerad.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net
127.0.0.1 adserver.adtechus.com
127.0.0.1 na.gmtdmp.com
127.0.0.1 anycast.pixel.adsafeprotected.com
127.0.0.1 ads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 idsync-ext.rlcdn.com
127.0.0.1 www.googletagservices.com
127.0.0.1 googlehosted.l.googleusercontent.com
127.0.0.1 d361oi6ppvq2ym.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 gads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 ads-west-colo.adsymptotic.com
127.0.0.1 geo3.ggpht.com
127.0.0.1 showads33000.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 crashdump.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 adeventtracker.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 log.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 analytics.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 ads-fa.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 sto3.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 http://audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 www.audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 desktop.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 open.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 spclient.wg.spotify.com

##############BLOCK UPDATES
0.0.0.0 upgrade.spotify.com
0.0.0.0 www.spotify-desktop.com
0.0.0.0 sto3-accesspoint-a88.sto3.spotify.net
0.0.0.0 upgrade.scdn.co
0.0.0.0 beta.spotify.map.fastly.net
0.0.0.0 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net

############## SPOTIFY - ADS - END

let me know if it works for u.

do you know if this also fixes the friends tab and certain songs not playing

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ok guys,

got 0 adds in about 2 hours testing.
radion function OK.

windows 10
spotify version 1.0.66.478

Host file: (I EDITED BEFORE INSTALLING)

############## SPOTIFY - ADS - BEGIN
127.0.0.1 media-match.com
127.0.0.1 adclick.g.doublecklick.net
127.0.0.1 www.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 pagead2.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 googleads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 securepubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 www.omaze.com
127.0.0.1 omaze.com
127.0.0.1 bounceexchange.com
127.0.0.1 core.insightexpressai.com
127.0.0.1 content.bitsontherun.com
127.0.0.1 s0.2mdn.net
127.0.0.1 v.jwpcdn.com
127.0.0.1 d2gi7ultltnc2u.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 cs283.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 u.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.edgecastcdn.net
127.0.0.1 pagead46.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pagead.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 video-ad-stats.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 pagead-googlehosted.l.google.com
127.0.0.1 partnerad.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net
127.0.0.1 adserver.adtechus.com
127.0.0.1 na.gmtdmp.com
127.0.0.1 anycast.pixel.adsafeprotected.com
127.0.0.1 ads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 idsync-ext.rlcdn.com
127.0.0.1 www.googletagservices.com
127.0.0.1 googlehosted.l.googleusercontent.com
127.0.0.1 d361oi6ppvq2ym.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 gads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 ads-west-colo.adsymptotic.com
127.0.0.1 geo3.ggpht.com
127.0.0.1 showads33000.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 crashdump.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 adeventtracker.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 log.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 analytics.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 ads-fa.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 sto3.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 http://audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 www.audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 desktop.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 open.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 spclient.wg.spotify.com

##############BLOCK UPDATES
0.0.0.0 upgrade.spotify.com
0.0.0.0 www.spotify-desktop.com
0.0.0.0 sto3-accesspoint-a88.sto3.spotify.net
0.0.0.0 upgrade.scdn.co
0.0.0.0 beta.spotify.map.fastly.net
0.0.0.0 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net

############## SPOTIFY - ADS - END

let me know if it works for u.

also, are you able to provide a link for downloading the older version

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let me know if it works for u.
@fokinandrew didn't work for me, (macOS) [EDIT: ] version 1.1.0.237.g378f6f25

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do you know if this also fixes the friends tab and certain songs not playing

ok,

  • spotify version 1.0.66.478 ? https://bit.ly/2H4e8FM
  • friends tab working. i can directly follow people or use facebook.
  • 24h+ tested, Every single song Played.
  • no adds, no banners.
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do you know if this also fixes the friends tab and certain songs not playing

ok,

  • spotify version 1.0.66.478 ? https://bit.ly/2H4e8FM
  • friends tab working. i can directly follow people or use facebook.
  • 24h+ tested, Every single song Played.
  • no adds, no banners.

Last hosts file and installing version 1.0.66.478 fixed all the problems for me too. Friends tab working too.

Thanks a lot 👍

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do you know if this also fixes the friends tab and certain songs not playing

ok,

  • spotify version 1.0.66.478 ? https://bit.ly/2H4e8FM
  • friends tab working. i can directly follow people or use facebook.
  • 24h+ tested, Every single song Played.
  • no adds, no banners.

Feedback for MacOS High Sierra, Spotify version: 1.0.99.250.g936eab8d

Using the last hosts file I got no banners and no ads but a few songs are not played anymore and no cover image is displayed for a lot of albums.

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let me know if it works for u.

Also working on macOS, except the albums covers(

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I think they're hosting songs on the same servers they provide ads from because only cached songs work for me. Anything new doesn't play until I unblock the hosts. If I wan to listen to a new song, I have to unblock them, cache it, and then re-block them.

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############## SPOTIFY - ADS - BEGIN
127.0.0.1 media-match.com
127.0.0.1 adclick.g.doublecklick.net
127.0.0.1 www.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 pagead2.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 googleads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 securepubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 www.omaze.com
127.0.0.1 omaze.com
127.0.0.1 bounceexchange.com
127.0.0.1 core.insightexpressai.com
127.0.0.1 content.bitsontherun.com
127.0.0.1 s0.2mdn.net
127.0.0.1 v.jwpcdn.com
127.0.0.1 d2gi7ultltnc2u.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 cs283.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 u.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.edgecastcdn.net
127.0.0.1 pagead46.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pagead.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 video-ad-stats.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 pagead-googlehosted.l.google.com
127.0.0.1 partnerad.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net
127.0.0.1 adserver.adtechus.com
127.0.0.1 na.gmtdmp.com
127.0.0.1 anycast.pixel.adsafeprotected.com
127.0.0.1 ads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 idsync-ext.rlcdn.com
127.0.0.1 www.googletagservices.com
127.0.0.1 googlehosted.l.googleusercontent.com
127.0.0.1 d361oi6ppvq2ym.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 gads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 ads-west-colo.adsymptotic.com
127.0.0.1 geo3.ggpht.com
127.0.0.1 showads33000.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 crashdump.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 adeventtracker.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 log.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 analytics.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 ads-fa.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 sto3.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 http://audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 www.audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 desktop.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 open.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 spclient.wg.spotify.com

##############BLOCK UPDATES
0.0.0.0 upgrade.spotify.com
0.0.0.0 www.spotify-desktop.com
0.0.0.0 sto3-accesspoint-a88.sto3.spotify.net
0.0.0.0 upgrade.scdn.co
0.0.0.0 beta.spotify.map.fastly.net
0.0.0.0 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net

############## SPOTIFY - ADS - END

Works in Spotify in manjaro... The last version 05/03/19, 1.0.98.78-2 AUR. Everthing is fine and all songs are playing, thanks for the new list.

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I am having problem with the version 05.03.19. I had to clean my host file in order to hear to new tracks.

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commented Mar 8, 2019

Working fine
08/03/19.

@teomaragakis can u make this gist private? 💟

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ok guys,

got 0 adds in about 2 hours testing.
radion function OK.

windows 10
spotify version 1.0.66.478

Host file: (I EDITED BEFORE INSTALLING)

############## SPOTIFY - ADS - BEGIN
127.0.0.1 media-match.com
127.0.0.1 adclick.g.doublecklick.net
127.0.0.1 www.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 pagead2.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 googleads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 securepubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 www.omaze.com
127.0.0.1 omaze.com
127.0.0.1 bounceexchange.com
127.0.0.1 core.insightexpressai.com
127.0.0.1 content.bitsontherun.com
127.0.0.1 s0.2mdn.net
127.0.0.1 v.jwpcdn.com
127.0.0.1 d2gi7ultltnc2u.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 cs283.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 u.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.edgecastcdn.net
127.0.0.1 pagead46.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pagead.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 video-ad-stats.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 pagead-googlehosted.l.google.com
127.0.0.1 partnerad.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net
127.0.0.1 adserver.adtechus.com
127.0.0.1 na.gmtdmp.com
127.0.0.1 anycast.pixel.adsafeprotected.com
127.0.0.1 ads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 idsync-ext.rlcdn.com
127.0.0.1 www.googletagservices.com
127.0.0.1 googlehosted.l.googleusercontent.com
127.0.0.1 d361oi6ppvq2ym.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 gads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 ads-west-colo.adsymptotic.com
127.0.0.1 geo3.ggpht.com
127.0.0.1 showads33000.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 crashdump.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 adeventtracker.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 log.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 analytics.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 ads-fa.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 sto3.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 http://audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 www.audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 desktop.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 open.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 spclient.wg.spotify.com

##############BLOCK UPDATES
0.0.0.0 upgrade.spotify.com
0.0.0.0 www.spotify-desktop.com
0.0.0.0 sto3-accesspoint-a88.sto3.spotify.net
0.0.0.0 upgrade.scdn.co
0.0.0.0 beta.spotify.map.fastly.net
0.0.0.0 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net

############## SPOTIFY - ADS - END

let me know if it works for u.

Can't hear new songs. Disc image comes up and it won't play. Also, I am on a mac, version: 1.1.1.348.g9064793a

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I am having problem with the version 05.03.19. I had to clean my host file in order to hear to new tracks.

With the most recent versions you can't block ads with hosts file entries or you will also block some features like the one you mentioned.
This also applies to all the others who do not want to read the old posts to find a "solution"

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commented Mar 8, 2019

Ads blocked correctly, but I don't see Album covers.

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this works fine 24 hours listen and no ads

############## SPOTIFY - ADS - BEGIN
127.0.0.1 media-match.com
127.0.0.1 adclick.g.doublecklick.net
127.0.0.1 www.googleadservices.com
127.0.0.1 pagead2.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 googleads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 securepubads.g.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 www.omaze.com
127.0.0.1 omaze.com
127.0.0.1 bounceexchange.com
127.0.0.1 core.insightexpressai.com
127.0.0.1 content.bitsontherun.com
127.0.0.1 s0.2mdn.net
127.0.0.1 v.jwpcdn.com
127.0.0.1 d2gi7ultltnc2u.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 cs283.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.teliasoneracdn.net
127.0.0.1 u.scdn.co
127.0.0.1 cs126.wpc.edgecastcdn.net
127.0.0.1 pagead46.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 pagead.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 video-ad-stats.googlesyndication.com
127.0.0.1 pagead-googlehosted.l.google.com
127.0.0.1 partnerad.l.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net
127.0.0.1 adserver.adtechus.com
127.0.0.1 na.gmtdmp.com
127.0.0.1 anycast.pixel.adsafeprotected.com
127.0.0.1 ads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 idsync-ext.rlcdn.com
127.0.0.1 www.googletagservices.com
127.0.0.1 googlehosted.l.googleusercontent.com
127.0.0.1 d361oi6ppvq2ym.cloudfront.net
127.0.0.1 gads.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 ads-west-colo.adsymptotic.com
127.0.0.1 geo3.ggpht.com
127.0.0.1 showads33000.pubmatic.com
127.0.0.1 crashdump.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 adeventtracker.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 log.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 analytics.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 ads-fa.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 sto3.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 http://audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 www.audio2.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 desktop.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 heads-ec.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 open.spotify.com
127.0.0.1 spclient.wg.spotify.com

##############BLOCK UPDATES
0.0.0.0 ams12s29-in-f102.1e100.net
0.0.0.0 ams15s40-in-f1.1e100.net
0.0.0.0 fra02s28-in-f2.1e100.net
0.0.0.0 ams16s31-in-f6.1e100.net
0.0.0.0 81.64.199.104.bc.googleusercontent.com
0.0.0.0 136.199.104.bc.googleusercontent.com
0.0.0.0 53.224.186.35.bc.googleusercontent.com
0.0.0.0 upgrade.spotify.com
0.0.0.0 www.spotify-desktop.com
0.0.0.0 sto3-accesspoint-a88.sto3.spotify.net
0.0.0.0 upgrade.scdn.co
0.0.0.0 beta.spotify.map.fastly.net
0.0.0.0 prod.spotify.map.fastlylb.net

############## SPOTIFY - ADS - END

these are the servers where spotify send you al the ads over.
past this in your host file (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc)

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Edit 1: This worked for me on mac, but by downloading version 1.0.66.478 from https://mac.filehorse.com/download-spotify/9608/ everything works super fine, everything plays, and no ads.

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I succesfully fixed this problem.
You have to add netutils.ddl to spotify folder:
https://github.com/master131/BlockTheSpot

Now everything works ;).

Been using this for a couple of weeks, working fine. New spotify update seems to make spotify crash using this .bat Any fix?

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Edit 1: This worked for me on mac, but by downloading version 1.0.66.478 from https://mac.filehorse.com/download-spotify/9608/ everything works super fine, everything plays, and no ads.

I'm doing the thing you're doing but its not showing my spotify playing on discord which is sort of annoying, Hopefully some patch out soon by someone to fix this.

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I succesfully fixed this problem.
You have to add netutils.ddl to spotify folder:
https://github.com/master131/BlockTheSpot
Now everything works ;).

Been using this for a couple of weeks, working fine. New spotify update seems to make spotify crash using this .bat Any fix?

Yeah me too :/

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I succesfully fixed this problem.
You have to add netutils.ddl to spotify folder:
https://github.com/master131/BlockTheSpot
Now everything works ;).

Been using this for a couple of weeks, working fine. New spotify update seems to make spotify crash using this .bat Any fix?

Yeah me too :/

Box ads dissapear, i think it's work for a while until spotify found it. Thank you :)

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commented Mar 14, 2019

I'm on MacOS Mojave and I was able to fix the issue with certain songs not showing up.

  • My hosts file: https://pastebin.com/kkRmn9iH
  • I downgraded Spotify to version 1.0.96.181, which can be downloaded here: https://mac.filehorse.com/download-spotify/11335/ (it seems that this is the last version of Spotify before the issue was introduced)
  • I cleared my cache folder and prevented it from being written to. The cache folder can be found at ~/Library/Caches/com.spotify.client and you can just delete every single file/subfolder in that folder to clear it. To prevent it from being written to, right click anywhere in the empty folder, click "Get Info", and under the "Sharing & Permissions" section, change the privilege setting of your account to "Read only". You'll know that you did it correctly if your recent searches are cleared every time you quit/reopen Spotify.

I hope this helped anyone who's still looking for a Mac solution. Over the past couple of weeks I haven't come across a single song that was missing. I've tried playing a lot of obscure songs that no one knows about (since they're usually the ones that have the issue) and they all showed up. The only problem is that I can't get the friends tab to show up.

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commented Mar 14, 2019

I'm on MacOS Mojave and I was able to fix the issue with certain songs not showing up.

* My hosts file: https://pastebin.com/kkRmn9iH

* I downgraded Spotify to version 1.0.96.181, which can be downloaded here: https://mac.filehorse.com/download-spotify/11335/ (it seems that this is the last version of Spotify before the issue was introduced)

* I cleared my cache folder and prevented it from being written to. The cache folder can be found at `~/Library/Caches/com.spotify.client` and you can just delete every single file/subfolder in that folder to clear it. To prevent it from being written to, right click anywhere in the empty folder, click "Get Info", and under the "Sharing & Permissions" section, change the privilege setting of your account to "Read only". You'll know that you did it correctly if your recent searches are cleared every time you quit/reopen Spotify.

I hope this helped anyone who's still looking for a Mac solution. Over the past couple of weeks I haven't come across a single song that was missing. I've tried playing a lot of obscure songs that no one knows about (since they're usually the ones that have the issue) and they all showed up. The only problem is that I can't get the friends tab to show up.

Well, since you have cleared your cache folder and "prevented it from being written to" there should be no advertising.
Try removing "spclient.wg.spotify.com" from hosts file to unlock the friends tab.
If doing this will cause ads to show up again I am afraid there is not much else you can do at the moment.

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commented Mar 16, 2019

This video seems to be working right now: https://youtu.be/ow07egrZBg4
Link from description with commands: https://www.doorcraft.de/dl/spotify-ads.txt
I don't have ads anymore, it's great!!

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commented Mar 24, 2019

I succesfully fixed this problem.
You have to add netutils.ddl to spotify folder:
https://github.com/master131/BlockTheSpot
Now everything works ;).

Been using this for a couple of weeks, working fine. New spotify update seems to make spotify crash using this .bat Any fix?

Great, I have tested all the Hosts except BlockTheSpot is valid.
Spotify ver 1.1.2.285.ga97985ef

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commented Apr 3, 2019

When i try to play a song that its not on my playlist, it just dont play, anynone can resolve that?

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commented Apr 10, 2019

Ahoy mateys.

I've had it working for quite some time after there nuisances from the ad blocks fiasco. Only applies to Windows. Downgrade to an older desktop version.

  1. Uninstall the Spotify (Windows store app) if you have it.
  2. Install the win32 Spotify 1.0.99.250 (it's an older major version release, hence I assume the code to not play music if ads aren't played is not part of it).
    https://www.filehorse.com/download-spotify/38571/
  3. I also have the standard hosts above block applied, except the following line has been removed from the list: 127.0.0.1 spclient.wg.spotify.com

I presume on Android, you could find an older APK (Feb/2019 release or before) and you can bypass there annoyance. Not sure about Apple.

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commented Apr 11, 2019

So I have successfully blocked ads without loss of any features such as radio and friends list. UNTIL recently I found out that discord doesn't properly link with spotify anymore. I am pretty sure it has to do with the older version.

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commented Apr 16, 2019

BlockTheSpot by master131 on Microsoft Store Edition? YES!
I found this way alone. By 7evenlxrd ;)

Requiments:

  1. netutils.dll (this is BlockTheSpot)
  2. You need Ubuntu (installed on disk or live cd/usb doesn't matters).
    Steps:
  3. Run Ubuntu
  4. Run File Explorer (in ubuntu), click on Other Locations then click on your disk with Windows 10.
  5. Go to where is a BlockTheSpot (netutils.dll) and copy this
  6. Go to Program Files, double click WindowsApps.
  7. Find a Spotify folder (SpotifyAB.SpotifyMusic_ and something)
  8. Go to Properties, Permissons and give all permissions (create and delete files)
  9. Paste BlockTheSpot (netutils.dll) to Spotify folder.
  10. Restart to Windows 10.

Enjoy ;)

Links:
Ubuntu: https://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop
UUI (to make live usb): https://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/
BlockTheSpot: https://github.com/master131/BlockTheSpot

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