It's a known tech fact that solid-state drives (SSD) have a finite number of write and erase cycles. This means an SSD has a hard limit on how many times you write and rewrite data on it until it's headed to the recycle bin.
But what if a piece of software you rely on keeps eating up these precious cycles by writing massive amounts of useless junk data, over and over, every day?
Spotify, the popular music-streaming application is reportedly doing just that - by writing hundreds of needless gigabytes locally to computers where it's installed, it is slowly killing hard drives and SSDs everywhere. Even worse, the software is said to write these useless bits of data even when the application is idle or set specifically not to store local data.
This bug, which was found on Windows, Macs, and Linux machines, is at least five months old and it could have been affecting the music streaming application's customers for longer than that.
How much data is being written? Complaints on Spotify's user forums and on other sites state that the application writes from 5 to 10 GB of data in less than an hour, even when the app is idle. Running Spotify for more than a day could rack data amounts as high as 700 GB!
These amounts could definitely take a toll on solid-state drives, shaving years off their lifespans if left unchecked.