After reading through many users issues with the skipping I realized that I had started skipping right after I got my new Iphone and installed itunes on my machine. After some trial and error, I found that after I UNCHECKED ALL LOCAL FILES ON THE PREFERENCES PAGE (WINDOWS MUSIC LIBRARY, DOWNLOADS, WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER, AND iTUNES) THE SKIPPING STOPPED!!!!!!!! I hope this is of some help. Happy listening.
I noticed the skipping recently and just figured it ws a cache error or something with connectivity. Well, It's not. What it is, Is that Spotify was picking up the music files I already had on my pc and replacing the spotify song with the version on my computer. I assume this is so that it could cut streaming times or something like that. I know this is the problem because I had a unfinished torrent of an Incubus discography also, while I had been trying to play Incubus from my spotify playlist. It skipped. I did everything I thought would fix the skip. It didn't. I then remembered how I had that unfinished torrent. Well, If you deal with torrents then you know that an incomplete one can still play as it is being downloaded in bits. Therefore if you were to play an incomplete song it would result in skipping.
So, yes the problem is having every source from the Local Files section in preferences checked.
Spotify takes your music files on you pc and will play those over the spotify version. Therefore if you have any messed up songs, incomplete songs, etc, etc delete them or uncheck those sources in the Spotify preferences.
Whatever the issue is, it needs to stop. I unchecked all the local sources, and even before that it was happening with songs I dont even have in my library. After removing the local sources in the preferences, it still skips and gives me connectivity issues with the newest version. I updated Spotify and this happens now. I PAY MONEY TO USE THE SERVICE AND WILL BE CUTTING IT OFF AND GOING BACK TO YOUTUBE PLAYLISTS IF THIS CANNOT BE RECTIFIED. It is beyond ridiculous that paying customers get the crap service while the people who illegaly download the files have no issue. This is a poor business model if you have no plans to fix this or update/expand your servers.
EDIT: AFTER 7 RE-installs it works perfectly, even with all the stuff checked and acceleration on. So it's just the install is rather shotty Mr Spotty-fy.
I think an issue might be doing an update while the program is running. I kept trying to install, and the program was hidden in the background running (not in my toolbar or taskbar). Did a complete uni-install and then re-install. Hope this helps anyone else.
I have no local files on my main Spotify machine and Spotify will randomly stutter, skip and stop playing momentarily. This is with the older Windows client, v08.5.133. I've come to believe that Spotify's P2P system that they use for music delivery on desktop clients just doesn't work from time to time.
That said, there are also issues at times in the mobile client for my iPhone (I also have Spotify on Android but it keeps logging me out so I don't use it that much). I think the issues are because Spotify doesn't prefetch enough of a song and subsequently buffer more intelligently. So if there's the smallest glitch in the wifi, i.e. contention on a public wifi, the music stops/pauses/glitches.
i have unchecked local files as well - hopefully that will solve the problem.
i dont think its a caching issue for streaming - as i've tried downloading tracks first and still have had the same problem.
honestly i think its a bug in the spotify client itself - it doesn't manage its memory (RAM) resources properly.
literally as i type this after unchecking local files i get yet another blip in the audio stream.
i DO notice that when i have other applications running that activity, such as scrolling in a web window, will kick that off.
i wouldn't think an app like this needed that much memory - but its possible it works like firefox and just eats up ram for lunch.
i would highly suggest the developers and maintainers of this app take a much better look at this problem b/c its obvious from reading these posts that subscribers just can't tolerate that kind of blip in their audio stream - i know it drives me absolutely bonkers - like the illuminati are ruining my music bliss or something :P