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Spotify is killing your computer’s storage with junk data

A new update should handle the error. Until then, the app is writing hundreds of GBs of garbage every day.

- Nov 17, 2016

There's something wrong with Spotify. For the past five months, the app, when left idle, has been writing extraordinary piles of garbage data to users' storage devices. It's not uncommon for users to find dozens of GBs of data written every hour, Ars Technica reports. Some claim discovering hundreds of extra gigabytes, while a small number of users record the amounts of extraneous junk pumped into their hard drive in terabytes.

Overburdening storage devices, the error obviously isn't good for your computer. It damages solid state drives particularly by exhausting their finite write capacity. One Spotify user told Ars Technica: "If for example, Castrol Oil lowered your engine's life expectancy by five to 10 years, I imagine most users would want to know, and that fact *should* be reported on."


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It has the potential to cause an SSD to die years ahead of when it otherwise would. Three of the publication's reporters, looking to reproduce the claims, found that leaving the app open in the background longer than a day generated as much as 700 GB of system-clogging, process-slowing data.

In a statement issued to Ars Technica after the story appeared, Spotify said: "We've seen some questions in our community around the amount of written data using the Spotify client on desktop. These have been reviewed and any potential concerns have now been addressed in version 1.0.42, currently rolling out to all users."

That update that is supposed to address the error is being made available over the next few days. Until then, did you hear Napster's back and it has Metallica?


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