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Spotify (Premium account) keeps stopping randomly when I play through Google Nest Mini. I have determined it is only a spotify issues. Sometimes it can play several songs, sometimes it will stop after 1 song, sometimes mid-song. Sometimes after 30 seconds. It's very random. I have had this issue since day 1 of buying my Google Nest mini
After the connection drops to google nest mini, I get the error message from "sorry, something went wrong, please try again later". I have contacted google support. They helped me determine it's only a Spotify issue and that they are aware of it.
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After testing audio streaming with my Google Nest Audio speakers via Spotify Connect for many days I am very sure now that at least in my scenario the cause for those audio drop outs is only related to WiFi quality (signal strength and also data rate in Mbit/s).
I figured out that for whatever reason Spotify needs a much more stable connection than other audio streaming services (Youtube Music Premium worked perfectly right away). I also tested low audio quality setting with Spotify at the beginning but there were interruptions too. Also the bitrate for the nest audio devices shown in my router (300 Mbit/s roughly out of 433 Mbit/s) seemed ok to me since it was just for audio streaming I thought.
After switching back to my repeater LAN bridge setup (WiFi access point connected to a Ethernet cable in the same room) the issue was gone right away and stayed that way. Signal strength was -72dBm before and -55dBm after switching to LAN Bridge setup (+ full 433 Mbit/s data rate). Also WiFi antennas of those smart speakers are probably quite weak, Nest Mini might be even worse.
Different tests with repeaters:
Since I needed to put the repeater back to the original place (1 floor below) my plan was to replace the existing repeater Fritz Repeater 1750E by the new 2400 model. Unfortunately that didn't work out. WiFi range was only slightly better and not enough for Spotify. Also using the 2 repeaters in a row did not work out. Signal strength was better but data throughput / latency was not good enough).
So if you live in a house with several floors with the router in the basement and you want to stream music via Spotify to your smart speakers in the top floor it's probably not a good idea 🙂 As long as you don't mind spending some extra time and money for repeaters / access points. Not sure how I decide but I don't want to have / buy some additional access point in my room just for listening to Spotify via my speakers. Maybe good old headphones again.