Spotify is crackling like crazy recently, but almost nothing in Winamp, games or streams. My soundcard is a Soundblaster Z, using Windows 10.
Tried reinstalling Spotify, Audio drivers, graphics drivers, network drivers, putting min. CPU state to 100%, listening with headphones instead of speakers, updating BIOS to the latest version, disabling Bluetooth. Nothing helped. Restarting the PC the problem always goes away for a while but then returns, every single time.
Tidal is the solution. Had this crackling sound, startet playing a song in Tidal, and then it worked in Spotify again. But shows up, NEVER had this issue with Tidal. Good job spotify! And thanks for making is SOOOO easy to move playlists from Tidal. wth??Thought about changing to spotify, but NOT happening. Better quality in Tidal and never any crackling sound
i had spotifi for half a year, (premium) recently started sound cracking / shuttering, only in windows app, i tried everithing, creative x-fi titanium..., well, if they dont fix it, i will put my money elsewhere ... tired of this s....
I have the Focusrite 2i2, and have the stuttering. No stuttering ANYWHERE ELSE, only in spotify. Super annoying, as I beleive it is a Spotify issue. I am in pro audio, and like I say, everything is fine except Spotify.
I have tried every solution in this thread (that I -could- try without jeopardizing my machine), and none of it has worked... but I -have- been able to duplicate the problem outside of Spotify, which I think might help to clue us in to the problem.
I have an Inspiron AIO 3275, straight out of the box a few days ago with Windows 10 installed, and immediately started noticing this scratchy-skippy sound issue on Spotify, but couldn't duplicate it on YouTube, so I assumed it was something with Spotify itself. Now I -can- duplicate it outside of Spotify, but only occasionally. When I right-click on the sound icon in the lower-right icon tray, and select "Sounds", it takes me to a menu where I can change the sound themes. If Spotify is working okay, then these sounds work okay. But when Spotify begins skip-scratching, it happens with these sound snippets as well!
This makes me think that it might be an issue with a driver somewhere... but I've tried updating the sound drivers as mentioned in previous replies, but that hasn't made a difference. Assuming I followed the directions correctly.
Anyway, thought this information might help us all troubleshoot this. If anyone else can duplicate the skip-scratch outside of Spotify as I have, even better.