Recently, a number of Mac users have been complaining about the Spotify music app writing huge amount of data to SSDs rapidly. Spotify has finally confirmed that the fix for this annoying bug is on its way.
As SSDs come with limited data writing cycle, this massive amount of data writing has been a cause of big concern for Mac owners. Moreover, it can immensely slow down the system performance and mar user-experience.
“For almost five months—possibly longer—the Spotify music streaming app has been assaulting users’ storage devices with enough data to potentially take years off their expected lifespans. Reports of tens or in some cases hundreds of gigabytes being written in an hour aren’t uncommon, and occasionally the recorded amounts are measured in terabytes. The overload happens even when Spotify is idle and isn’t storing any songs locally” ArsTechnica.
Several users have said that the Spotify app is writing unbelievable amount of data within an hour or two. A few users said that the app wrote over 700GB of data when left open for a day. Some have even gone on record saying the app wrote over 1TB of data over 2-3 weeks.
The issue has affected even Windows and Linux users. Spotify has said that concerns have now been addressed in version 1.0.42 which is being released to all users.
“We’ve seen some questions in our community around the amount of written data using the Spotify client on desktop. These have been reviewed and any potential concerns have now been addressed in version 1.0.42, currently rolling out to all users.”
The lifecycle of SSDs vastly depends on how much data is written to them. With normal use, they can go on for 20 to 30 years. However, with abnormal or extreme write usage, the lifetime can be cut short to even one year.