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Re: Lots of data being stored locally

jkteddy772
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I too am plagued by this, even after I move my cache location.

 

You can however change how much the Data file fills by editing the file "prefs" in Spotify's Roaming files.

 

 

But FIRST, Close Spotify

 

go to:

C:\Users\*USERNAME*\AppData\Local\Spotify\Data

 

and delete all files inside of it. This is that stored data.

 

THEN, go to:

C:\Users\*USERNAME*\AppData\Roaming\Spotify\prefs

 

Edit it with any spaced document program, even wordpad (notepad isn't spaced), and enter this option in at the bottom of the list:

 

storage.size=*desired amount of megabytes*

 

Here's mine set for just over 1 gigabyte:

 

storage.size=1280

 

Remember to Save the file.

THEN you can reopen Spotify.

 

Hope this helps you all as much as it helped me!

 

 

 

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Re: Lots of data being stored locally

rainbowchild
Newbie

Same trouble here. Since I have asinged cache to D:, you should not put any song data into my C:. It is a 128G SSD, and Spotify put 10G in my AppData\Local\Spotify\Data. That is ridiculous big, which I try to prevent from because it will hurt my SSD. Please fix this, don't put cache to my C: which I did not asinged to.

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Re: Lots of data being stored locally

keymapper
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jkteddy772 wrote:

C:\Users\*USERNAME*\AppData\Roaming\Spotify\perf

 

edit it with any program, even wordpad (don't use notepad) and enter this option in at the bottom of the list:

 

storage.size=*desired amount of megabytes*

 

Here's mine set for just over 1 gig:

 

storage.size=1280

 



This works! You don't even need to manually delete the files in Data, once you edit the prefs file the next time you start Spotify it will automatically delete the necesasary files to get down to the specified size limit. One thing to note, the text file is not named "perf" but rather "prefs". So C:\Users\[your username]\AppData\Roaming\Spotify\prefs.

 

Still, Spotify if you're listening, this is poor UX and all of this cache should be stored in the user-specified cache in the Preferences not in a non-customizable secret location!

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Re: Lots of data being stored locally

oliverjhyde
Music Fan

Thanks for this! Just set my folder to 500MB after seeing it up at 6.3GB!

Re: Lots of data being stored locally

szerox
Newbie

I must agree. Just checked my AppData\Local\Spotify\Data folder and its over 10GB while the folder I actually set the cache to is only arround 1.5GB.

 

Please change

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Re: Lots of data being stored locally

MSchnyder
Casual Listener

i resolved the Problem like this:

 

1. Spotfy have to be closed.

2. Delete the "data" Folder under ...AppData\Local\Spotify....

3. Start CMD as Admin and type: Mklink "C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Spotify\Data" "E:\Spotify Data" /D

4: Target "E:\Spotify Data" u have to change to your Target Path !!

 

This command creates a Data Folder under Appdata\Local\Spotify which will be redirected to the target Path (here as example: E:\Spotify Data")

 

I came by Spotify to this solution, because by ITunes its the same Problem with the Backup Path and there i fixed it like this :)

 

Would be nice if in the Future it would be possible to change also the "Data" Path and not just the "Cache" Path under Spotify Settings.

 

 

 

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Re: Lots of data being stored locally

smashbrot
Newbie

I have also solved the problem by using symlinks. It works falwlessly with spotify. ;)

 

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Re: Lots of data being stored locally

IHBlythe
Newbie

Worked for me, thanks for the Symlink! @MSchnyder

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Re: Lots of data being stored locally

js2000
Regular

thanks for the solution. It is kind of sad that Spotify cannot even resolve something as simple as this.............

Re: Lots of data being stored locally

scorpio_11de
Newbie
That you can do with all the odds. So with spotyfy folder in and of itself.
You just have to make mlink for Spotify. Then everything is in a different place that no SSD loaded ^ ^
@echo off
Mklink / J "C: \ Users \ (MyName) \ AppData \ Local \ Spotify \" "H: \ Spotify" / D
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