Major I/O write bytes on the Spotify Desktop app. It will kill SSD drives in record time (fixed)

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EDIT: According to Spotify this issue has been fixed in the 1.0.42 version so the case has been closed. Personally I have no more issues with this anymore on any computer. Thanks everyone for making this happen !!!

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original post:
Major disk write activity detected on the Windows/Mac app. Does not behave like that when using the browser player.

Please look into this thread, more details there:
https://community.spotify.com/t5/Desktop-Linux-Windows-Web-Player/Spotify-killing-my-SSD/m-p/1365378

 

Attached readouts from a Win7/64 PC during one hour and ten minutes. No offline playlist syncs and zero songs were played during that hour, only the spotify app tray active in background!

No disk drive, SSD or standard HDD can take that rate for a long period of time.

 

PLEASE ADDRESS THIS ISSUE ASAP OR BE THE NEXT SAMSUNG NOTE !!!

 

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Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. As some of you have noted, the prior version of the Spotify desktop client may sometimes have caused unnecessary data to be written to storage devices. This issue has been fixed in the current version of the desktop client (1.0.42), released November 11th, and rolled out to all our users. If you try to run an older version, you will see it automatically restart and update to the new version shortly after you log in.
 
If for some reason you should encounter problems with the auto update, just follow these steps to perform a full reinstall.
 

If you're running a deprecated OS (Windows XP, Vista; OS X 10.7, 10.8), don't worry. A fix has automatically been rolled out to you too. To ensure you're running this version, just close/reopen the desktop app twice.

 
Again, we greatly appreciate your help here, and hope that you will continue to flag issues for us when they arise.

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Fixoon
Casual Listener

Just checked myself and since I started my computer 4 hours ago Spotify has written 12GB and I haven't even used it that much. Does not look good. I have used my SSD for about 4 months now and I hope this hasn't been going on for all that time because I have been using Spotify a lot. I hope this issue gets fixed soon because the better option now is to use the web player and that still uses flash...

 

 

Edit: Reinstalled Spotify today and it looks much better. Just over 1GB written with like 2 hours listening and 1 hour idle. Still could be better but much better than before... 

lovendpeace
Newbie

so apparently this problem still isnt widely known and no solution has come up yet since this problem was reported few months back. at this rate, rather than risking my ssd i might stop subscribing premium spotify that i have been using for years

lanciastratos
Newbie

Fixoon wrote:

 

 

Edit: Reinstalled Spotify today and it looks much better. Just over 1GB written with like 2 hours listening and 1 hour idle. Still could be better but much better than before... 


I tried reinstalling (deleting Spotify from applications and downloading a new copy), but it has not helped me — the new installation has written 12GB in just over 6 hours. Ugh!

 

Is there any way we can submit this as a formal bug report to Spotify?

MinionMan74
Casual Listener

They already knew about it but closed the case since the original post user did not reply:

https://community.spotify.com/t5/Ongoing-Issues/Periodic-update-of-mercury-db-and-mercury-db-wal-War...

 

You can find all the active bugs here:
https://community.spotify.com/t5/Ongoing-Issues/idb-p/Spotify_Bugs

 

And I just posted this there:

https://community.spotify.com/t5/Ongoing-Issues/Major-I-O-write-bytes-on-the-Windows-app-It-will-kil...

 

So go vote it to keep it alive and maybe it gets noticed! :)

 

MinionMan74
Casual Listener

Just use the browser version until this is fixed. And make sure you dont have the desktop app running in the background of your PC/MAC. Or use your phone/tablet, this issue wont affect them.

I reported the bug in the issues:

https://community.spotify.com/t5/Ongoing-Issues/Major-I-O-write-bytes-on-the-Windows-app-It-will-kil...

 

mklasson
Newbie

I have the same problem and it's been bothering me for a long time. While we wait for Spotify to explain and solve this, you might be interested in what I hope is a good temporary fix. I've created a RAM disk and moved the mercury.db* files there. I'm hoping this takes care of most of the disk thrashing Spotify does. See https://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/56auoi/huge_amount_of_data_written_to_disk_by_spotify/d92z8i... for more detail and an explanation of how to set it up on a mac.

mklasson
Newbie

I posted this as a comment to MinionMan74's issue, but let's do it here as well for visibility:

 

I have the same problem and it's been bothering me for a long time. While we wait for Spotify to explain and solve this, you might be interested in what I hope is a good temporary fix. I've created a RAM disk and moved the mercury.db* files there. I'm hoping this takes care of most of the disk thrashing Spotify does. See https://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/56auoi/huge_amount_of_data_written_to_disk_by_spotify/d92z8i... for more detail and an explanation of how to set it up on a mac.

zeroxxx
Music Fan

Upvoted. I also notified SpotifyCares on Twitter.

MinionMan74
Casual Listener

I'm sticking with the web-player (tho its kinda dumb to pay for an app that kills you equ) until this gets fixed.

Not a fan of hacking settings since any and all future updates might make things even worse.

But its weird that the Staff have zero interest in commenting this issue..? They should at least let us know that hey have read the message. And that someone is doing something about doing something about it.

Moderator
Moderator
Status changed to: Closed

Hello everyone!

 

Thanks for coming to the Community for help.

 

Can you let us know what version of Spotify you're running? Also, try reinstalling the app and let us know if this makes any difference.

 

Hope to hear from you soon.