Your app was so non-responsive we couldn't even kill it. I even did Power-Off on my phone but it wouldn't shutdown. I had to pull the battery out and put it back in again then turn the power on.
Experiment started again. Starting playing this playlist with wifi on. Let's see if it works out how to get to the second track this time without going into a huddle doing whatever crap.
It's obvious what it was doing. It had to move this playlist to the top of my "most recently played" list and that obviously triggered whatever endless loop. When I started playing this time that playlist was already on top but it got to track 2 without a problem.
I hate that thing with a burning passion. Only slightly less than the silly rainbow whirly thing I have to put up with on the Mac I'm stuck using at the office.
Something start going south with the Spotify client a couple of months ago. It's insanely slow and unresponsive nowadays.
It can take 2-3 minutes to retrieve my list of playlists. (Or, once in a blue moon, it might happen immediately.)
It can take 2-3 minutes to retrieve the contents of a playlist. (Or, once in a blue moon, it might happen immediately.)
It can take 2-3 minutes to return search results. (Or, once in a blue moon, it might happen immediately.)
It can take 2-3 minutes to pull up the first screen of genre/mood category icons under Browse -- icons that should be cached on every deviceanyway because they're used globally. (Or, once in a blue moon, it might happen immediately.)
it doesn't matter if I'm using offline playlists or online. Even icons, images and songs that should be cached locally and have been used a dozen times before don't make a difference -- the app sits there achieving nothing for minutes at a time.
Internet connection quality is irrelevant. I have a UI tweak on my phone that displays upstream/downstream speeds in the notification bar any time the the phone moves even a byte of wifi/cellular data.
And the whole time Spotify is sitting showing the whirly green icon? It's doing nothing with the data connection. Nothing. At all. Literally it's not even trying to contact the Spotify servers or retrieve data. It's just sitting there scratching its head, figuring out what to do next. And when it does finally wake up and download what it needs, it does so at perfectly good speeds (2-5MB/s depending which connection I'm on). Meanwhile every other app on the phone has had a seamless connection the whole time and no issues whatsoever.
Something is seriously wrong with the latest versions of the Android app. There's some unresolved loop or issue somewhere that's causing the client to just sit thinking or twiddling its thumbs internally, achieving nothing, not even trying to talk to the servers. I haven't downloaded any more offline playlists in recent months, it's just become mostly unresponsive through one of the recent updates.
The Android client has always been "quirky" and far from perfect but I've managed to use it almost daily without too many issues for the past 4 years, but suddenly it's become just about unusable.
Sat down today to listen to my new playlist that yesterday I downloaded onto my phone and today had played at home for a bit before coming out.
So it might have "connected" or been top of my "listened-to" playlists but was nowhere to be found there.
Not that I want "recently played". The first thing I want to see is my downloaded playlists. They are downloaded in order to play them so they should be at the front of the screen when I turn on Spotify. There are only about 5 or 6 of them and they are obviously in the local cache.
Open the playlist eventually and click on the track where I left off earlier but nothing plays. Nothing happens. It sits there.
Try to open settings to go into offline mode but can't get into settings, just a black screen.
Disconnect wi-fi and deactivate data mode to kill internet which sometimes shuts Spotify up from doing its nonsense but to no avail. Ended up having to restart my device (again).