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running the Spotify client prevents my Mac from going to sleep, even when no song is being played.
By typing "pmset -g assertions" into the terminal window, you'll get a list of diagnostic information regarding power save mode. As long as Spotify is running, it contains the the line
PreventUserIdleSystemSleep named: "com.apple.audio.'AppleHDAEngineOutput:1B,0,1,2:0'.noidlesleep"
This would be the expected behavior when a song is being played but seems to be a bug otherwise.
A fix would be nice!
Solved! Go to Solution.
Yeah, it's a bummer. I now use hotcorners and have the ScreenSaver app in my dock just so I can activate it manually. But then there are times I fall asleep on my couch and wake up to my TV on and spotify open and think "Yep, can't wait until that's burned-in forever"
Please look at this!
After much time wondering why my Mac wouldn't sleep, I finally figured out the same: the Mac Spotify client prevents sleep.
I agree. A fix would be nice here. Preventing sleep wastes a lot of energy.
I tried logging this issue as a bug.
Here is the correspondence:
Spotify prevents mac from sleeping.
For more information see:
That is the last email I got,9 days ago. Fingers crossed it'll at least get recognised soon!
Any news? I'm having the same problem with my iMac. Since I have a fast internet connection I have no problem doing a full delete and then re-downloading the tracks but it didn't solve the problem unfortunately. If I run pmset I still see Spotify preventing sleep.
not heard anything back.
is there any chance a forum moderator could give this some attention?
is there a proper bug tracking system for spoitfy?
I have investigated a little bit further. If there is no track in the queue, Spotify will not prevent sleep. Please fix this as soon as possible.
It is amazing that a bug like this can still exist. Do you realise that Spotify is creating a lot of pollution by not letting computers sleep?
Because of this, I have successfully let my spotify premium expire along with my credit card. Well done Spotify.
will this ever get looked at?
Bug hasn't been fixed yet... 😞
Forgot to update you guys. This bug will not be fixed.That was the answer I got from Spotify. They acknowledge the bug, saying that it only affects certain iMacs. They say "it's too hard to fix". Great pride in their development skills... Researching the issue I've found that it affects some other sound applications as well so it's definitely an Apple thing. The question is if it could be solved by Apple rather than Spotify.
It doesn't affect only certain iMacs. I use Spotify on a Mac Pro and have the same problem. They should get a Mac audio development expert... 😞
I totally agree snooty. It feels very unprofessional on their end. You should notify them though that this isn't only an issue on iMacs. One thing though. They hinted that it's due to the fact that the client is polling the server when paused and that this is something they won't change.
Interesting hint. I don't want to overplay the "I'm a developer thing" as I have literally no mac development experience, nor have i worked on a media player. But that the application is polling the server when paused doesn't seem like a valid reason to prevent idle sleep to me. All sorts of applications poll servers all the time - e.g. mail clients, the operating system itself as it checks for updates, etc. etc. Perhaps it's a case of chinese whispers and there's more to it than that, but right now it sounds like a poor excuse.
I may see if there's any open developer documentation of preventing idle sleep on mac os x....
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