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Spotify "secretly" writing gigabytes of junk data to drives each day

By Ciara Alarcon & Kenny Yeo - on 14 Nov 2016, 2:20pm

Spotify "secretly" writing gigabytes of junk data to drives each day

There's a bad news for SSD owners who subscribe to Spotify! It has been discovered that for the past five months or so, the popular music streaming app is said to be secretly writing gigabytes of junk data to drives each day.

What worse is that it happens even if the app is idle, and when there's no music being downloaded to be stored onto the drive.

(Image source: Spotify)

In fact, according to numerous reports, Spotify would easily write 5GB to 10GB of data in under an hour. Also, your drive could easily get as much as over 500GB of writes after leaving Spotify on for over a day.

The problem, however, is said to be related to one or more database files with the string Mercury.db.

A user claimed that said file is constantly being written and gets wiped, leading to massive data written to the drive over time.

Normal usage is usually at around 10GB to 30GB of writes per day and Spotify's behavior obviously doesn't fall in the realm of normal usage. As a result, the lifespan of Spotify user's SSD is reduced.

Meanwhile, an update is in progress and should be rolled out soon.

Source: Ars Technica