A lot of people chose Spotify over Pandora because on Spotify you could create your own playlists, and didn’t have to listen to “sponsored” songs . . . the virtually unknown ones the labels were PAYING to have mixed in.
Well, Spotify is testing a new ‘feature’ where labels can pay to have sponsored content appear on the playlists you follow, if it’s similar to the kind of music you’re listening to. But before you get upset about this, you should know two things . . .
It doesn’t sound like the songs will be planted INTO the playlists, they’ll appear above them like an advertisement, asking you to “save” the song. AND it’s only for the FREE tier. If you pay for Spotify Premium, you’ll be able to opt out.