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Garage Band
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Revert back to Spotify 0.8.5 on Mac

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UPDATE 3/14/15: This solution works for reverting to ANY previous version of Spotify. Just replace the application with the desired version, 0.8.5 or otherwise. I have successfully used this trick to revert to 0.9.15.27 and 0.8.5.133. Also, APPS continue to work in these previous version. Attached is a screenshot of 0.8.5.133 artist pages, clean, simple, cohesive, text a bit small, and SEARCH function still in tact. 0.8.5.133 also runs MUCH faster on my Windows and Mac machines. 

 

The "Horrible update [0.8.8]" thread has begun to bury the work arounds for those of us NOT happy with the 0.8.8 update. Here is a guide to reverting to 0.8.5 for Mac. Spotify support has NOT provided a way for us to do this, despite my many attempts.  Hopefully it will help some people who visit the forum.

 

If you already have upgraded to 0.8.8: (if you haven't upgraded already, start with step #3)

 

  1. Find and download a copy of 0.8.5 here
  2. Mount the image and replace the application in your Applications folder with the downloaded one
  3. Now to make sure Spotify doesn't auto-update:
  4. Go to your ~/Library folder - you can do this in Finder by doing shift+cmd+g and typing "~/Library" without the quotes and hitting enter
  5. Go to Application Support/Spotify
  6. Delete Spotify_new.archive and Spotify_new.archive.sig (if they are there)
  7. Now open your favorite text editor, I used TextWrangler
  8. Make two blank documents and save them as "Spotify_new.archive" and "Spotify_new.archive.sig" - without the quotes, the same file names as the ones you deleted
  9. Right click each file and go to "Get Info"
  10. Check the "Locked" button on each and close the info window
  11. You should now see a small lock icon on each file
  12. Restart Spotify and enjoy 0.8.5 without auto updates to 0.8.8

Let me know if you have any problems! This has worked for me on OS X 10.8.2. Thanks to th80 for the help on this!

 

Removed link, not allowed to post links to download packages outside spotify site. hpguru

 

SPOTIFY REMOVED THE DOWNLOAD LINKS TO PREVIOUS VERSIONS... FURTHER HINDERING PEOPLE'S ABILITY TO USE WORK AROUNDS FOR THE SUPPORT THEY REFUSE TO PROVIDE. ... do some Googling and you should find it - try oldversion.com or oldapps.com

 

Shameful Spotify...

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Chosen by charliek_98 (Music Lover)
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Re: Revert back to Spotify 0.8.5 on Mac

Done all the steps, even download the older older version... locked the new files... didnt logged in until i had created those files... but after some min i got the update message.

Still i think my problem is that i have no idea why theres no Spotify file on my Library, and since Im creating this files and the new empty ones... theres no recognition, therefore the update is not being stopped.

Anyone has the same problem?

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Re: Revert back to Spotify 0.8.5 on Mac

You certainly can NOT save it "anywhere"--that's the whole point.  This might help you follow the instructions.  It was in a past about three back in this thread:

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/global/access-hidden-user-library-files.html

 

Good luck!

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Re: Revert back to Spotify 0.8.5 on Mac

I'm not sure if this method was mentioned but I replaced the Spotify app in Mac HD/Applications with an older version and locked it. When you reopen Spotify, it seems to download the latest version and save it to a new location, in my case Users/Username/Applications. I've now deleted the app from this location and locked this folder (which is otherwise empty) to prevent Spotify from downloading the latest version to it. It seems to be working, and I still have the old apps etc. 

Not sure if I explained this clearly, or whether this will work permanently but seems to be doing the trick now. When I reopen Spotify I get a message saying Spotify is trying to make changes .. click cancel and the old Spotify opens again.

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Re: Revert back to Spotify 0.8.5 on Mac

By not creating the dummy files and locking them you are still allowing Spotify to attempt to update in the background. That's why you're getting the message. So sure... it sort of works. But if you'd like to have a better fix without having to click for Spotify not to upgrade everytime you restart it - you should use the method described in the original post.

 

Not sure why people are still having trouble with this...

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Re: Revert to Spotify 0.8.5 on Mac

holy cow! it works! after being frustrated the past 2 days and having to keep uninstalling and reinstalling the problem is fixed! thnx for the help! 

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Re: Revert back to Spotify 0.8.5 on Mac

Brilliant, thanks a lot.

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Re: Revert back to Spotify 0.8.5 on Mac

Thanks for posting this, I am sure a lot of people will be very happy!

For community members on OS X 10.5 only, there is also a support post here about getting Spotify to work. If you are having issues on 10.5, please post in that topic so it is easier to keep track ;) 

 

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Garage Band
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Registered: ‎03-03-2013

Re: Revert back to Spotify 0.8.5 on Mac

I tried this, and it worked for the older version, but the reinstall option is still at the top of spotify? Is it supposed to be there. Maybe I used a text editor that did not work? I used 'text edit' that comes with mac.

Garage Band
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Re: Revert back to Spotify 0.8.5 on Mac

Spotify_new.archive and Spotify_new.archive.sig keep coming back when I reopen spotify, and the ones I added are there also. The one's I made say they are RTF files.

Garage Band
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Re: Revert back to Spotify 0.8.5 on Mac

What file type should I be saving these as? Web Archive?

Garage Band
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Re: Revert back to Spotify 0.8.5 on Mac

Okay so I used the program that you recommended, TextWrangler and it worked. So Mac users, it will not work if you use Text Edit.

Garage Band
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Re: Revert back to Spotify 0.8.5 on Mac

Yeah, TextEdit will default to a text encoding (even if you change the extension). TextWrangler is a much better option all around. Glad it worked for you!

Garage Band
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Re: Revert back to Spotify 0.8.5 on Mac

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Also, Spotify finally got back to me about reverting... and they will NOT be supporting any reversions for paying customers. This is an absurd and insulting stance for company to its paying customers. And have essentially told us all "you're out of luck.... good luck on your own!" So it looks like we're stuck with our own work arounds... until they "fix" 0.8.8. Here is the reply:

 

There's currently no official legacy version of Spotify to use, as the official download from https://www.spotify.com/download/ will automatically get the latest version but if you Google "0.8.5 Spotify" you'll find some links to the older version easy enough.

Note: if you use any of those links, they might not be secure or virus-free so use at your discretion.

Adam Watts

Spotify Customer Services
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