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Although syncing playlists to my iPhone is slow, it's bearable. My large issue is that when manually syncing specific playlists, I'm only to sync 1 playlist at a time. Furthermore, when trying to scroll down to view all of my playlists, spotify snaps back up to the top of the screen, not allowing me to see playlists further down.
The view of the playlist sync window is also extremely cumbersome, not allowing to change to a detail list view rather than the album cover view. In addition, the playlists are not in any sort of particular order, so it becomes difficult to find exactly what you're looking for.
Lastly, the playlists viewed includes both my spotify playlists as well as my iTunes playlists, even I've set my preferences NOT to show iTunes music sources. I can sync my iTunes files from iTunes (quite easily I might add.)
All in all, the system needs a big overhaul.
I'm having the same issue as well. I'm connected via wifi and it has taken 30 minutes to sync 5 songs. I have an iPhone 4 and just updated to the newest OS today which I think is 5.1. Its like brutal slow. I had to resync everything after the log in issues we had recently.
I just started using the Spotify premium service. I was pretty happy and overwhelmed about the features.
Firstly I only used it on my windows desktop and my macbook. Everythings works perfectly there.
What I did
A while after I found out that there is an iPhone app. I installed it, synced my songs for offline use. Worked!
Than again after a while I found out that there is an iPad app. Also synced for offline use. Worked!
And again I discovered a new feature. "Sync in extrem quality". I changed the settings from high to extrem on both my iPad and iPhone.
Spotify resynced (form high to extrem) all the songs on my iPad within a few minutes. But it takes hours (still syncing) on my iPhone. I tried to reinstall Spotify on my iPhone and restarted it. Didn't help. I can't get Spotify to sync the songs for offline use on my iPhone. Even if I set quality to normal. The problem just appeared out of nowhere.
Long story shot: Offline syncing is slow on iPhone but fast on iPad and Mac. iOS5.1.1. Same WiFi. Worked before, problem just occured.
Seems that many others have the same problem with sync beeing slow on the iPhone. This user also reports that his iPhone is slow but iPad fast.
Please reply and show that you are interessted in fixing the problem or me and I'm sure many others might cancle their subscription which would be a shame. Cause the service you offer is realy great.
I just read through this thread and I'm surprised at how poorly Spotify communicates with its paying customers. I mean, this is obviously a problem for so many people, so how come the people at Spotify aren't more vocal on this thread? This is BS.
I'll be quiting this service if it doesn't improve soon. Its been one year since I joined and the same problem with slow syncing exists today. There has been no improvement. I'll give it one more month and then I'm out.
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