So when you enable high quality streaming, you can't play songs again?
There are various reasons why this might be happening, you will need to try these steps out. :)
1. Try disabling hardware acceleration, you can find it in Spotify menu - View.
2. Ensure your antivirus does not interfere with Spotify. 3. You can try reinstalling again, but this time using the offline installer.
4. Make sure all Windows updates have been installed. 5. You mentioned hosts.bak file. It's likely made by either antimalware software, or malware itself. In first case, your antivirus may still add some lines in your hosts. I'd also advise running a malware scan with Malwarebytes.
To avoid your hosts being edited, you need to make it read-only. Navigate to
right-click on hosts, select Properties, add a tick to read-only and click OK.
Also, does editing other audio settings within Spotify change anything (such as disabling Normalization)?
Keep me posted.
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I have the same problem. My discover weekly only showed 3 of the songs on the desktop application, probably caused by the same issue. I tried everything suggested. The only temporal fix is to reinstall the application. I tried the windows store version and the standalone application, both have the same problem. I don't think there's a difference in general, just wanted to mention it. I've changed the host file, don't have an antivirus, my firewall does not block Spotify, my windows and every driver are up-to-date. I've turned off high-quality streaming and hardware acceleration for now, not sure if that's gonna fix anything. Even if it does, its a bit ridiculous that I have to do without paid features to even use the application.