Spotify web player had worked fine for me for a long while (years), but a couple days ago started pausing playback at 9-second position very consistently. Switching to the next song (pressing the "Next" button) sometimes solves the issue for the next song playback (though, not always), then it happens again. Basically, it completely breaks the user experience, as I can't listen to songs which get stuck at 9 seconds, and have to manually press "Next" every 5-10 minutes.
Any advice / help would be much appreciated.
Device: MacBook Pro 2017
Operating System: macOS Big Sur 11.0.1
Web browser: Chrome 89.0.4389.90
due to recent developments, we're again marking this as Fixed.
We've made several backend improvements and from the previous comments those seem to have done the trick for a majority.
For anyone still experiencing this, it looks like the cause is a DNS issue via Chrome - something that's not under our control. All network communication for Spotify goes through the same domain name, so if metadata and playback commands are being sent, the domain is already resolved.
As such, if you're still having issues, please ensure to take the following steps to resolve this:
Shoutout to @danth45 for helping find a solution!