Spotify keeps creating .FILE files on my computer!

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Spotify keeps creating .FILE files on my computer!

nin10dude317
Casual Listener

For a while .FILE files have been automatically creating themselves in My Documents (specifically the folder where I keep my mp3s).

When I try deleting them (about 3GB appears each day), some of them can't be deleted because 'the file is open in Spotify'.

 

I use Spotify a lot each day, but the majority aren't local files. I do have my local mp3s synced into Spotify.

Any ideas on how to stop this? Its quite aggravating to have to delete hundreds of folders that keep popping up daily.

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Re: Spotify keeps creating .FILE files on my computer!

Peter__
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Is your Spotify cache location set to that folder in Edit > Preferences > Cache?

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Re: Spotify keeps creating .FILE files on my computer!

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This does not fix the problem of these file sizes being made

Re: Spotify keeps creating .FILE files on my computer!

Peter__
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If it is selected to that folder, Spotify making files as part of it's cache (even if you aren't using offline playlists) is pretty normal.

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Re: Spotify keeps creating .FILE files on my computer!

hans-jürgen
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You can limit the maximum file size of the temporary cache to 1 GB in the Preferences if you scroll down that page. It is used for the P2P activity when there is low upload traffic on your internet connection. See this thread and FAQ for more info, also the article about plans to abandon the P2P distribution method since April 2014:

 

http://community.spotify.com/t5/Help-Desktop-Linux-Mac-and/Unadvertised-P2P-feature/td-p/398612

https://support.spotify.com/ca-en/learn-more/faq/#!/article/disk-space-and-bandwidth

https://torrentfreak.com/spotify-starts-shutting-down-its-massive-p2p-network-140416/

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Re: Spotify keeps creating .FILE files on my computer!

nin10dude317
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Thanks everyone! Finally reduced it down from the '10% of hard drive' option, and forwarded the cache into one folder.

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