I don't see how this is any different from the old-style practice of listening to crazy talk radio hosts on your morning drive. They're just making it more convenient to access podcasts which are popular. And here's the thing, I'm not going to be absorbing Joe Rogan's ideology of anti-education, pro-drugs-and-alcohol because that thing doesn't appeal to a guy like me. It might appeal to millions of nitwits, but that's not Spotify's fault. I say, milk them for all their worth. And hopefully some esoteric podcast by an academic who is an expert on Ancient Egypt and King Tut's tomb will get more views, and generate more money.
I listen to music on my morning drive, because music is epic. Yes, Spotify puts it all in one place, but it would have all been there anyway with an iPod. Spotify is not reducing the personal relationship with the artist that fuels live shows. Have you ever been to live music in your area? Have you ever "supported local artists?" Here's the thing - most of them are pretty terrible. And they're bitter about it too. You weren't going to buy their CD in the year 2000 and throw it in your car anyway. Or if you did buy it, because they're your friends, you certainly never played it.
I'm sorry, but if everyone who could play guitar somewhat decently or could spend time ranting about the news with their idiot friends was able to make a ton of money off of it, civilization would collapse. We need air conditioning and refrigeration a lot more than we need fucking Chill Dinner Time Talk. And that's God's will.