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Suddenly, certain songs "play" silence.

Suddenly, certain songs "play" silence.


I've been running Spotify on my Android device for a few months now. Just yesterday it started with this problem, where it would appear to play a song, but there was no audio. The UI shows that it seems to be playing. When it gets to the end of the song, nothing else happens, it does not continue on to the next song.


Now, I exclusively stream. There are no local files. This is on 3G, and in the same locales that I have been in for the past few months.


If I fast-forward onto the next song, that one will play. But, eventually another song will not play. I have not been able to get the silent song to play properly. Skipping ahead and then back, seeking around that silent track, closing and stopping Spotify and then restarting, are all things I have tried to get the song to play, and have not worked.


I have cleared the Spotify cache and data, uninstalled, shut down my phone, pulled the battery, and then reset everthing back again, to no avail.

What are the steps you took to get to the error/issue?

Just select some music, and start playing it. I usually select an album to listen to. After a track or two (or three or four) I'll not hear anything, though it appears from the UI that it is playing as I already said.


What I expected to happen

I expect to hear the song, thanks!


Did you restart your device when troubleshooting in section B?



Did you read the connection troubleshooting tips?



Your device

Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon.


Device’s Operating System

4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwitch


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Did you set your external SD card as storage location?



Did you manually install an older version before installing the latest version from the Play Store?



Do you have the same issue when switching between WiFi/Mobile Data (If applicable)?

I do not use my phone on WiFi.


If you said "No", when does the issue not occur?



My mobile Spotify version


My desktop Spotify version (if applicable)



My mobile provider and country

Verizon US


My username



Do you have a Spotify (non-Facebook) login?



Are you logging in with Facebook or with your Spotify login details?

Spotify login


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31 Replies

@TheSillypig Can I just check something you said originally. Do you get this problem if you synch a playlist containing only local files (mp3s on your PC) as well?

I have this problem too. Works on my iphone but not on my android phone. (Note these are mp3s that I own and have put in spotify playlists.) I was under the impression that spotify was able to sync them to my phone but they don't play at all even though you can see the song "playing" without any sound...



Hi @StephanL Could you long press the playlist and select "undownload" then long press and "download" to resynch it and see if it works once the synch has finished.

Haha, it's an awfully long playlist! But I can give it a go in the name of science! 😛

Hi, everyone.


I'd just like to add to the discussion that I'm occasionally experiencing the same problem - both on desktop and Android.


The problem has been there as long as I can remember. It's still so seldom for me that I haven't reported it. But since it's a multi-platform problem, I'm guessing the problem is with the server communication, just like half-loaded web pages occasionally appears in web browsers. Nevertheless, I think it's a bug that should be fixed, since it's absolutely essential to the software - even if it's just occasional.

I know this is an old thread but I'm having the same issue on an android phone. I noticed recently that some songs that don't play in offline mode do play when online, however, I started having this problem before I figured out offline mode. Although it's possible I was turning off the data for my phone when I wanted to listen to music id downloaded but not use up data streaming. But now that I think about it I'm pretty sure I had the problem even when online. I tried closing and reopening Spotify and also reinstalling it and redownloading all my playlists, however this just caused the silent problem to affect different sings than before. Any solution for this?

I've always had the issue of it 'playing' while buffering. But for the last few days, I've also had an issue of it doing this on downloaded playlist, at the beginning or middle of random songs, even in offline mode. I've cleared my cache, reinstalled, restarted phone, done literally everything I can think of. And it won't play.

Also, I'm on Android 4.3, T-Mobile Galaxy s3, Spotify version

@jmdilts wrote:
Also, I'm on Android 4.3, T-Mobile Galaxy s3, Spotify version

Lots of reports of this. My curent suggestion is to revert to an previous vesion of the app until an update is pushed.


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Hey. I am listening to spofity on my computer. Selected tracks are silent while others work. I don't know what is going on. But when I try to listen to certain songs they are silent. There many that work.

I've just come back to Spotify after a few months with Tidal and hit this issue.  I thought it was just an offline playlist issue with selected tracks that play quiet but not it appears to be wider in that some albums in their entirety will not play either in offline or connected mode.  


The progress bar moves but there is no output.


I am contemplating a return to Tidal but will sit tight for a bit to see if this is a short term issue.


Will also explore the possibility of reverting to a previous app version to test.

OK ... the old 'clear cache' trick seems to have worked for me ... all songs playing OK on and offline now (so far) ...


Now, if Spotify could just come to the party with a decent Sonos integration then I won't regret coming back from Tidal 🙂 

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