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Premium - Help deleting downloaded songs

SidneyHartha
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I have Spotify Premium and I have many entire albums downloaded as playlists to my external sd card. I am trying to clear up some space on my external sd card and so I press on the album/playlist and then press "undownload". Then the songs/album do not show as downloaded anymore in Spotify, but the problem is I go through my phone's menu to check how much available space there is on my external sd card and it is exactly the same as before--even after "undownloading" 4 full albums. By the way, I have a Samsung S3.

 

Any suggestions on how I can really delete the albums from my external sd card?

 

 

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Re: Premium - Help deleting downloaded songs

licenced
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Hi there.
The clear cache option mentioned above will delete all downloaded content. If youmark a given playlist to un-download then it will not be removed straight away ... spotify keeps the data for a while in case its needs again. However it will be removed after a while. We've tried to ascertain how long that might be but spotify haven't given a concrete answer ... but it will clear down the space eventually
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Re: Premium - Help deleting downloaded songs

Peter__
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Hey ;)

 

I don't think there is a way to clear the Spotify cache from inside the android application. You will manually need to remove those files. There are instructions on this topic.

 

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SidneyHartha
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Thanks. Now I see that if I go to /mnt/sdcard/Android/data/com.spotify.mobile.androi

d.ui/cache/Storage/ on my phone I can clear the cache of saved files. The problem for me though is that I don't want to clear all my downloads, and spotify labels their folders with random folder names (like 8c, 1a, etc) instead of the playlist/album name. Is there any way for me to tell which ones are which so I can only delete the ones I want?

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Peter__
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Hey again :)

 

I have asked someone how knows about the android client to answer this for you shortly ;) 

 

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Re: Premium - Help deleting downloaded songs

Liam
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Go to Settings apps and select Spotify, then clear cache :)
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Re: Premium - Help deleting downloaded songs

licenced
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Hi there.
The clear cache option mentioned above will delete all downloaded content. If youmark a given playlist to un-download then it will not be removed straight away ... spotify keeps the data for a while in case its needs again. However it will be removed after a while. We've tried to ascertain how long that might be but spotify haven't given a concrete answer ... but it will clear down the space eventually
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Re: Premium - Help deleting downloaded songs

SidneyHartha
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@licenced wrote:
Hi there.
The clear cache option mentioned above will delete all downloaded content. If youmark a given playlist to un-download then it will not be removed straight away ... spotify keeps the data for a while in case its needs again. However it will be removed after a while. We've tried to ascertain how long that might be but spotify haven't given a concrete answer ... but it will clear down the space eventually


OK great! Thanks for looking into that for me.

Re: Premium - Help deleting downloaded songs

KevinH51
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I have Android 4.1.2 on an S3. I wish I could easily move the music storage to the ext sd but can't. So I did a clear cache under manage apps and the cache usage by the app went from 3.61 GB to 0 B. Spotify said my playlists were still downloaded but they didn't act like it. I undownloaded and re-downloaded, didn't help. I restarted the phone and Spotify agreed nothing was downloaded, so it needed the restart. Downloaded some playlists again and the cache usage is going up again.

 

As others have said Spotify should clean up the cache eventually if you undownload playlists. Clearing the whole cache for the app is a bit drastic but at least now I understand what happens.

Re: Premium - Help deleting downloaded songs

magic_mike_us_k
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Great, KevinH51, this works :-) Thanks a lot! Have an S3 although.

Re: Premium - Help deleting downloaded songs

elspotifyo
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Well it would be great though to know how long the deleted playlists are kept in cache... Really!
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