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Crackling/popping/clipping/stuttering issue that I've seen in different forums. Can't find a fix for the mac. Just started noticing it today.
Macbook running macOS Catalina v10.15.6
Retina, 12 inch, 2017.
Thank you for your inputs so far.
This seems to be a hardware related issue that was also reported on Apple's forums. Here's a relevant thread that proposes some possible solutions which you may find useful, so feel free to check it out if you haven't already. Some of the fixes include:
More details can be found in the aforementioned thread.
Hope this gets sorted out soon, take care!
I also have this issue, on a brand new M1 MBP, but it occurs in Apple Music as well for me. Reports on Apple's developer forums agree it is across different apps including YouTube, and point at memory pressure being the issue, so software not hardware. Coreaudio gets overloaded and Spotify skips a 'cycle'. There are error reports in the console log every time it happens.
All of the fixes mentioned above are temporary and the problem apparently comes back, and gets progressively worse. The best you can do is not have any memory-intensive applications running while you're using Spotify. As I use it while I'm working, that's a bit of an issue for me.