windows app keeps downloading music

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windows app keeps downloading music

crostine
Casual Listener

Plan

Premium

Country

Netherlands

Device

DELL XPS15

Operating System

Windows 10

 

My Question or Issue

Every now and then I notice my harddrive clogging up with cache data from several apps and I start cleaning it out.

At first I suspected it to be cached data so I could listen to the songs without internet connection.. but its not. the app simply wont play the songs.

there are over 2500 files in the %appdata%/local/spotify/data directory, most of those are in 2character labeled directories. On average I think I remove ~10-15GB of music data from the %appdata% directory.
I expected there to be some data but not a huge amount more than the music I listen to.
On my phone I have the playlist set to download, it has about 5GB stored. This indicates the playlist must be about that size.

 

is there a way to prevent the desktop app from clogging up my harddrive?

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Re: windows app keeps downloading music

SolidSnark
Regular

I'm (still) having the same issue.  There's no legitimate reason for a streaming app to pre-load gigabytes of "just in case" data, wasting both storage space and bandwidth.

 

There may be a scenario where that makes sense but any "feature" that wastes system resources to that degree should be optional and off by default.

Re: windows app keeps downloading music

crostine
Casual Listener

the worst part is that it's cached in a persistent directory.

and on top of that its only usable if the files are marked for download, all other music files are just using up the disk.

Re: windows app keeps downloading music

SolidSnark
Regular

I have to wonder just how unreliable their network is if they feel they need to pre-load gigabytes of data. YouTube, Netflix, etc manage to struggle by streaming HD video without issue and no pre-loading. Why is Spotify's service so poor that they need to pre-load audio which is in no way data intensive?  It sure doesn't look like they have faith in their service.

Re: windows app keeps downloading music

prashantk99
Regular

i also verified the problem that C:\Users\pkulkarni\AppData\Local\Spotify\Data keeps growing..though one need to delete the data regularly , one advantages is if you going to replay same past song on spotify then it will save bandwidth by not downloading that song again instead it will play from cache.

 

 

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