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The Spotify desktop application could be bombarding your hard drive with data. This is due to a bug which writes masses of unnecessary data to your hard drive. Spotify already has a bug fix rolling out to users, but in the meantime, it may be worth shutting down Spotify.

Users have reported the Spotify app being responsible for creating hundreds of gigabytes worth of data in a single day. The bug appears to persist even when the Spotify app is idle, meaning you don’t even have to be streaming any music for this to be an issue.

This bug affects the Spotify desktop application on Windows, Mac, and Linux. However, neither the Spotify Web Player 7 Reasons to Start Using the Spotify Web Player Today 7 Reasons to Start Using the Spotify Web Player Today Spotify is about to shake things up by making the desktop and web app experiences more similar. So, it's about time many of us asked ourselves, Why not just use the web app instead? Read More or the mobile apps on Android and iOS appear to be affected. The bug has only recently come to light, but has probably been affecting users since at least June 2016.

At best this bug will be putting unnecessary strain on your system resources, which would be especially felt by people using low-end machines. At worst this bug could be shortening the lifespan of your hard drive, especially if you’re using a Solid State Drive (SSD) 5 Things You Should Consider When Buying An SSD 5 Things You Should Consider When Buying An SSD The world of home computing is moving towards solid state drives for storage. Should you buy one? Read More .

Spotify Rolls Out a Bug Fix

After Ars Technica publicized this issue, Spotify issued a statement saying:

“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.”

Unfortunately, new versions of Spotify tend to roll out slowly, so it may be a while until you can update your desktop app.

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Shut Down, Workaround, or Carry on Regardless

If Spotify was ignoring this issue, or refusing to fix it, then we’d be recommending you try one of the workarounds detailed on the Spotify Community forums. But you should probably only go down that route if you actively enjoy tinkering with your computer Every Computer Dies In The End: Learn What Parts Can Fail, & What To Do About It Every Computer Dies In The End: Learn What Parts Can Fail, & What To Do About It Most computers develop problems over time. Learning what they are and how you can deal with them is important if you don't want to be paying through the teeth for professional repairs. Don't worry though... Read More in order to squash bugs.

As Spotify is already rolling out an update which fixes this issue, our advice is to sit tight and wait. If you feel uncomfortable using Spotify until the patch arrives, just shut the program down and your hard drive will be protected from this unique form of torture.

Do you use the Spotify desktop application? Have you noticed it acting up recently? Have you been able to update to Spotify v1.0.42 yet? If not, are you going to try one of the workarounds or just wait until the update arrives? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Alex Buffaloe
    November 12, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Could use some less dramatic, more informative reporting here.

  2. Linda
    November 11, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    How can I deleted the gigabytes of data that may now be on my hard drive?

  3. Bart Vyvey
    November 11, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Is there a way to check what has been adder to my drive? In what directory is the data being written?
    Thank you.

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