It won't be of any help to you - but just saying that I've opened and closed my Spotify several times since I installed it in "safe mode" where it installed and got rid of the error message 17 and it's still working. Each time I open it goes through the install graphic butthen simply works as normal. On 188.8.131.52 version.
I think the Spotify app for desktop needs a lot of repair. It is heavy, slow, it gradually consumes an abusive memory and now it has this infinite loop problem in the search.
The only solution I found at this time was to do the search in Spotify web (which has already returned to normal) or, when Spotify web is with the same problem of infinite loop (as it did all last week), search for music on the cell phone. Unfortunately these are the only solutions I found as an alternative to this problem, since the irresponsible ones have not given proper attention to the desktop app.
Just repeating: I installed version 184.108.40.206 and the search works very well and even fast. The current situation is update problem. Every time there is an update in this app it gets worse. Unfortunately I could not continue with version 220.127.116.11 because practically the app obliges me to upgrade to the latest version full of bugs.
I really hope spotify adresses this issue in the next update, and I hope it is soon. It is ridiculous that you can't even search for music or make large playlists by dragging and dropping now, as you can only see 80 songs!
I totally agree with you, especially when you say: "We should not have to do anything extra to get the app to function as intended". Unfortunately I am waiting for a repair since the beginning of this year and so far nothing...