Spotify Loads On Startup Mac

12/11/2021by admin

Spotify is my favorite and most used service I have, even more than TV and streaming services. Everyday I use Spotify whether I am in the car, working in the office, cooking, chores, and anytime I want tunes Spotify is on. No software or service is without its flaws and nuances but one issue got to a point I needed to address it. That issue was with the desktop app from Spotify.

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Option 1 Open “Spotify“. Select “Edit‘ “Preferences” in Microsoft Windows or “Spotify” “Preferences” in MacOS. Scroll all the way to the bottom and select the “Show Advanced Settings” button. Scroll to the “Startup and Window Behaviour” section. For the “Open Spotify automatically after you log. This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple may provide or recommend responses as a possible solution based on the information provided; every potential issue may involve several factors not detailed in the conversations captured in an electronic forum and Apple can therefore provide no guarantee as to the. To begin with, you should have relatively few items in this list but as time goes on and you install more stuff onto your Mac, the list will increase. To stop apps opening on startup on Mac: Highlight an app in the Login Items list. Select the minus ‘-‘ underneath the center pane. Repeat for all non-essential apps.

You can do that by making your way to the Preferences window (which you'll find under the 'Spotify' menu on Mac; 'Edit' menu on PC). Click 'Show Advanced Settings' and scroll down to the 'Playback'. Click the Startup tab at the top of the System Configuration window. Scroll through the list of programs on this tab until you locate the Spotify option. Click the box to the left of Spotify to remove the check mark. Note that you can also use this opportunity to prevent other programs from launching when your computer starts up, but take caution in removing programs that you do not recognize or are unsure of.

Over time the desktop app became slower and slower, less responsive to the point of taking minutes to load one playlist. Uninstalling completely and reinstalling worked for a short time but eventually the app would degrade to that level of poor performance. That told me it wasn’t my machine but something with the app.

Spotify Loads On Startup Mac

I searched for solutions and if others had the same problem and found may posts that did but no good solutions that worked. Until I came across a lone post with complicated steps. I went through those and those worked well.

The problem comes down to the cache management of the Spotify app. Overtime the cache files grow to a size that passed efficiency to the point of being very large and therefore more difficult the computer to use them without expending more memory and processing which becomes counter-productive. The solution is to clear out the cache files and then set a configuration setting in the Spotify setup files to cap the cache size to not bloat.

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This post is to simplify those steps for both MacOS and Windows.

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  1. Close Spotify if running. Open Finder.
  2. Under the Go menu option select Go To Folder. (ShiftCommand-G)
  3. Type in or paste this ~/Library/Caches/com.spotify.client/
  4. Click Go or hit Enter on the keyboard.
  5. In this folder you should see a Browser folder, Data, fsCachedData and other files. Delete all the contents. Command-A to select all, move to trash.
  6. Go back to the Finder. Same as Step 2 and 3 go to folder ~/Library/Application Support/Spotify/
  7. In this folder, look for a file called perfs.
  8. Open perfs in a text editor.
  9. Add the text in bold at the end of the file. This will limit the cache to 1024MN or 1GB. You can set this to whatever you want but this will cap the cache and not let it grow to an unlimited size. storage.size=1024
  10. Save the file.
  11. Delete the PersistentCache folder.

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  1. Note <your username> is your windows login. Go to the folder C:Users<your username>AppDataLocalSpotify.
  2. Delete these folders – Browser, Storage and Data.
  3. Go to the C:Users<your username>AppDataRoamingSpotify folder.
  4. In this folder, look for a file called perfs
  5. Open perfs in Notepad or other text editor.
  6. Add the text in bold at the end of the file. This will limit the cache to 1024MN or 1GB. You can set this to whatever you want but this will cap the cache and not let it grow to an unlimited size. storage.size=1024
  7. Save the file.

Those steps for Mac and Windows should resolve the Spotify desktop performance degradation you are experiencing. It has for me and I wouldn’t waste my time writing this out if it didn’t.

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For fun here are my top personal playlists if you are so inclined –

  • Baseball Hype Music – Played music for my son’s youth baseball team before and in between innings. This is the playlist.

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