[Desktop] Storage Location Setting Not Working

When trying to change the Storage location, in some cases the setting will be ignored.

Hey all,

 

Thanks for sending us over examples!

 

We're still looking into this and will let you know as soon as we have more info. If you are new to this topic and are experiencing the same issue, please hit +VOTE and leave a comment with the following:

 

  1. Device + OS version
  2. Spotify version
  3. What location you are trying to switch to

Thanks and have a nice day.

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Moderator
Moderator
Status changed to: Need more info

Hey all,

 

@Jacob brought to our attention that attempting to change the Storage location for Downloads can result is nothing happening.

 

If you are experiencing this, please let us know the following:

 

  1. Device + OS version
  2. Spotify version
  3. What location you are trying to switch to

When we have enough examples (three in total) we will be able to look into this.

 

Looking forward to your reply!

Rock Star 15
Rock Star 15

Thanks for opening this! Here's my info:

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)
macOS Mojave Version 10.14.6

Spotify Version 1.1.19.480.g7d17e3ce

Doing some further testing, I tried out a few different locations for the downloads setting. After a while I finally got one of the locations to work, so I kept testing. It seems like locations on my boot drive (an SSD that I have my OS running on) do work while locations on another drive I have connected inside my computer (an HDD I installed in the place of my laptop's CD drive) don't

Because of that discovery, I once again clean reinstalled Spotify, this time placing the application on my HDD and running it from there. Even then, locations on the boot SSD worked while locations on the HDD didn't.

Some of the other people who were having this issue have mentioned they were trying to specify a location on an external drive. I will try to get them to bring their info here as well. Even if external/non-boot drives are not supposed to work with this setting, it might be helpful to specify that or have some sort of warning when someone tries to set that setting to an invalid location.

douira
Gig Goer

hello, there are the specs of my two computers on which this happens.

 

MacBook Pro (13inch, 2018) and iMac (2017)

macOS 10.15.1 (latest at the time)

Spotify Version 1.1.20.510.g7d28aaaa (latest at the time)

 

Looking at the space analysis I made with GrandPerspective of my SSD, there seem to be two locations in which Spotify stores data. The cache seems to store images and songs that Spotify downloaded for playback but wasn't marked for download (3.13 GB). Application Support stores the downloaded songs (10.4 GB). When I specify the download location, which is currently in Application Support, to be on an internal hard drive, it only creates a handful of very small (a few KByte) files there and continues to download into Application Support. One idea of mine was to create a symbolic link from Application Support/Spotify to the desired location on the hard drive but I don't know if Spotify will actually follow the symlink. We can't use a hard link to go from one drive to another since they are separate file systems.

It would be really helpful if Spotify actually put the download data where it is specified. If it can't for some reason, it is necessary for a good UX to at least inform the user about the fact that it's not doing what the user expects.

 

Here's the screenshot of the locations:

spotify download illustration.png

jenna4xa
Visitor

Thought it was just me having this issue. Here's my info:

  1. Device + OS version - MSI GE62 6QF Apache Pro, Windows 10 Pro
  2. Spotify version - 1.1.15.448.g00fba0e3 (Microsoft Store version)
  3. What location you are trying to switch to - HDD Drive Location in my laptop

My Spotify downloads/offline storage folder takes up some of my SSD's space and I would like to move it to a partition on my 2nd drive (HDD) where I keep all of my multimedia files at. Tried to change the location, it asks to be restarted, I restart, then check again, but it does nothing. 

I also tried running Spotify as adminitrator, changed and restarted the app, and still no effect.

Then reinstalled, repeated the same steps... it's frustrating really. I agree with @douira about setting proper expectations for users.  Hope this gets resolved soon.

Moderator
Moderator
Status changed to: Under investigation

Hey all,

 

Thanks for sending us over examples!

 

We're still looking into this and will let you know as soon as we have more info. If you are new to this topic and are experiencing the same issue, please hit +VOTE and leave a comment with the following:

 

  1. Device + OS version
  2. Spotify version
  3. What location you are trying to switch to

Thanks and have a nice day.