Lag, Slow, Won't Load, Massive Delay, Program Latency, Laggy


Lag, Slow, Won't Load, Massive Delay, Program Latency, Laggy

Music Fan


Spotify still has a pestering lag issue that some users still suffer across multiple platforms and it won't go away, nothing in the forums seems to help

Basically even something as simple as adjusting the volume slider on the program can take forever to come into effect.


Nearly everything about the software can be unbaringly slow despite having decent enough internet connections and a more than capable pcs. I know mine certainly is

I myself and many others have tried the whole cache reinstall turn off hardware acceleration and what not rubbish which did work for a while but now none of it works anymore since another update, this just keeps going on and on.


I'm mostly refering to these threads and all the other people who have complained over the years about this issue. The posts eventually all get archived and the problem doesn't get solved even if a mods own answer is tagged as a solution.

Posts from a few years ago about the same issue


 2014-03-12 09:08 AM

"Same here.

I am so, so, so tired of this application.  I have reached the stage now of just rarely using it, as it is just so frustrating to navigate....When it first started it was so slick and simple in it's design and operation... But now it is just overloaded with **bleep** I don't want, and performance just suffers......Unless Spotify resolve these usability issues permanently, or produce a lite version with none of the add on **bleep**, I shall be cancelling my subscription.  I pay a lot for this but am not using it, because it is so very poor."

He seems to think the program is now overloaded, who knows, I wonder if he's still an active user?

"I too have used for years and now it's so slow as to be **bleep**ed. Looking at all my options at this point. Tired of paying for no new features and worse service. Used Pandora recenly and it's improved. I'll probably give them my money instead of several minute loading time for spotify."



Casual Listener

"Is anyone from spotify team looking in to this? I'm also a paying subsciber and i too will leave if it persist to be so slow as this.


I use spotify on multiple devices from a desctop pc to an iphone and its same slow on all, also my friends who use spotify complain about the same issue.


From my point of view the Issue seems to be clearly on your side and no one seem to be caring.

what is being done to rectify? "

Music Fan 
2015-08-27 09:53 AM
"i love spotify very much. but it's bizarre to me that the mobile app works a lot better than the desktop. about once a day when i open it, it is very very slow to load."


"Absolutely inusable for a few days. Minutes to get to "listened to recently" and be able to search whatever. Never saw an app do that. Or a software. Ridiculous."


 Music Fan 
 ‎2016-02-13 05:53 PM

"It kills me that this is listed as a solution. Because while it does help for a little bit, Spotify goes right back to being slow soon after. This is a workaround, not a solution. It's pretty amazing all these topics have been around for so long without even so much as a peep from a Spotify developer.

I really want to like Spotify. But I've since moved on to another service because I don't want to give them my $10/month or contribute to their ad revenue in any way until this is addressed. But seeing as how it hasn't even improved a bit, I'm not hopeful.


Also, you know what's a good music streaming app? Literally every other one I've tried. Okay, iTunes is iTunes, but that's been garbage since it came out."

^ This guys having the same issue as me 2 years ago.

"Hey Spotify,




Paying Premium is starting to be a waste of money. The desktop app is annoying and UNUSABLE.


If what we want is JUST BEING ABLE TO LISTEN the music we want, SPOTIFY IS NOT DELIVERING."


2017-03-29 07:45 PM

"Yeah, none of those tips work. Horrible desktop experience"

I'm going to skip all the years and get up to the more recent stuff because of post character count but I will add more and even make more posts eventually too, may as well.

"Same here. It's been an absolute catasthrophe the last year. It is and should be embarrasing for Spotify how poorly their product works after this company just turned 10 years.  


Spotify desktop is barely usable on my MacBook to the point that it's unacceptable. I've had spotify for 10 years and it's inconceivable that it's getting worse with time when you would reasonably expect it to be improving. I'm at this point where it's barely usable. 


I've done everything that is suggested in these forums. I've restarted the application. I've reinstalled. I've cleared the cache. I've turned off local files. I've turned off machine acceleration. Clearing the cache used to make it better for a while but I've cleared the cache and reinstalled the application once every single day for a week with no improvement whatsoever. I can't browse at all and have to go through spotify web player in order to do so. I haven't been able to use the browse section without several minutes lag for a long time so I've gotten used to it but that does not make it acceptable.....

Like I said, I've been a customer for 10 years. I want to be able to love Spotify as I've done for many years, but it's becoming extremely difficult to do so when the application isn't just running slow, but its most basic functions don't work"


"The windows 10 spotify client. I've been using it for several months now, on both free and premium plans, and the app consistantly sucks. Scrolling is laggy, typed letters take a second or so to show on screen, resizing takes forever. It feels like every single task you want to accomplish is painful and laggy. I just discovered the spotify web player right now and realised that it's silky smooth. So how the **bleep** does a desktop app, where you would expect desktop performance, runs so much worse than a web version? Is there any fix for the performance of the desktop app?


Also my computer is a surface pro 2".

Same issues again and again, its not peoples computers.


 Music Fan

"@Meredith the fact that this thread is so old but still getting comments would indicate that the problems have existed for years and never been addressed by Spotify. Doing all of those additional steps (uninstall/reinstall, deleting folders/clearing cache, etc) is all Spotify ever comes back with, and not only is it a huge pita, the problem will just come back again eventually. That said, I think the key in your comment is this bit "a supported device that has at least 250MB available memory." It seems that your apps have become resource hogs, and so us folk with older devices are getting horrible lag. The only device that seems to play without lag is my Echo Dot, which of course has no graphic UI. "

How does this continue to go on let alone be a problem in the first place on standard installations.
If the app can't allow for such large libraries but has memory or resource issues in its own architecture why hasn't this been updated yet?

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Re: Lag, Slow, Won't Load, Massive Delay, Program Latency, Laggy

Music Fan
I had a lot lot more examples from other posters but maxed out the character count in my first post but I will add more here too once I have the time and even make more posts about this.

Re: Lag, Slow, Won't Load, Massive Delay, Program Latency, Laggy


same problem here, seems to be if I use another device or don't shut down. only seems to be the desktop, very frustrating

Re: Lag, Slow, Won't Load, Massive Delay, Program Latency, Laggy

Casual Listener
I'm getting increasingly frustrated. One piece of advice was to delete your entire library. What's the point of having playlists if you can't have a library? It takes up to a minute to load my podcasts and I'm ready to switch because of it.