Spotify’s Desktop App Is Killing Your Mac’s SSD

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 11 Nov 2016

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Using the Spotify music app on your Mac? The app is silently killing the SSD/HDD of your Mac. Spotify users over the last few months have been complaining about the app writing tens of GBs of data within a minute or two in the background in some cases.

Such intense data writing activity over a period of time can be really harmful to SSDs since they have a limited data writing cycle. On Macs with a traditional hard disk, such intense data writing task can greatly slow down system performance.

Most users have complained about the Spotify app silently writing tens or hundreds of GB of data within an hour or two. Leaving the app open for a day resulted in the app writing more than 700GB of data. Some users have even reported of the app writing over 1TB of data over 2-3 weeks.

“This is a *major* bug that currently affects thousands of users,” Spotify user Paul Miller told Ars. “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.”

The data writing task appears to occur even when one is not listening/streaming any music through Spotify and only has the desktop app opened.

Spotify has acknowledged the issue and has rolled out v1.0.4.2 of their app with a fix for this bug.

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.

[Via Ars Technica]