Spotify users have discovered that its desktop app for Windows and Mac OS has been bombarding their hard drives with huge amounts of ‘junk’ data.
A software glitch in the Spotify app has meant that it has been sending hundreds of gigabytes of data to through the hard drives of users for more than 5 months, it has been alleged.
According to disgruntled Spotify customers, the data is completely unnecessary and is large enough to reduce the lifespan of computers by several years.
According to ArsTechnica, users noticed that the Spotify app was writing massive amounts to data to hard drives at hourly intervals and promptly reported the problem to the Spotify forum.
The glitch, which Spotify says it has now patched, affected Windows, Mac OS and Linux and occurs when the desktop app is both running and when it isn’t, say users.
The same glitch doesn’t appear to have affected the web browser and mobile app version of the popular music streaming service.
Writing huge amounts of data to a hard drive over a prolonged period of time can have severely affected the lifespan of the drive.
A user who posted on the Spotify forum claimed as much as 10GB of data an hour was being saved to their hard drive.
Another user who posted on Reddit claimed that the app had been saving 200GB of data per day.
ArsTechnica said the worst reported case saw 700GB of data written to one user’s hard drive.
A spokesperson for Spotify confirmed the company is aware of the flaw and a new update should fix the problem.
“We’ve seen some questions in our community around the amount of written data using the Spotify client on desktop, the BBC reported.
“These have been reviewed and any potential concerns have now been addressed in version 1.0.42, currently rolling out to all users,” the company added.
Users are advised to download the latest version of Spotify – 1.0.42 – to stop their hard drive being filled with the unwanted data.