I get this, too. Spotify will crash, then it won't reopen saying that it's already running. Restarting will get rid of it but it will give an error. Reinstalling it and deleting the Spotify folders from AppData/Local and AppData/Roaming will allow Spotify to open again, but it'll just crash in a little bit. The interface will react for a few seconds still then it'll completely freeze up. Using an elevated command prompt and the taskkill /f command says "Access is denied"
edit: I am under Windows 8 RTM from DreamSpark
Here's the text from the crash dialog:
A problem caused this program to stop interacting with Windows.
Problem Event Name: AppHangB1
Application Name: spotify.exe
Application Version: 0.8.4.124
Application Timestamp: 5023d050
Hang Signature: b1fa
Hang Type: 1
OS Version: 6.2.9184.108.40.206.256.48
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Hang Signature 1: b1faf5f56dcc5911bea16cdfeb050b06
Additional Hang Signature 2: 998a
Additional Hang Signature 3: 998accdc926cc8c06f03d9ce889f45ef
Additional Hang Signature 4: 6c8e
Additional Hang Signature 5: 6c8e25a243d47f62fdb5b3c69de79c8c
Additional Hang Signature 6: fb84
Additional Hang Signature 7: fb84912ef7a82123ccbd6d419d4f96e1
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I've been having the same problem for ages. I think it might be related to putting my laptop to sleep or hibernating as spotify is often not responding when I resume my computer, and then it closes but the process sticks around and refuses to be ended in task manager. I'm on windows 7.
Also running Windows 8 Pro 64-bit RTM, also having Spotify freeze up at random. Things that have caused Spotify to freeze are:
- Playing any track for around 30 seconds
- Syncing with my Android Phone over WiFi (the program says the sync is still in process and doesn't move, although on the plus side the sync did complete successfully, and the phone is no longer connected to WiFi)
- Saving playlists to offline mode
The app will continue to respond even though these things occur, but if I attempt to change the track, click play, or try to exit the program, it will hang. The process can't be terminated in task manager, and Process Hacker couldn't kill it either (it actually hung too when I tried). Rebooting is the only way to kill it (that's reboot, not shutdown/startup, for reasons beyond me).
I have deleted all cache files, done a complete reinstall - no joy.