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.
Thankfully, the company is finally fixing the issue with the release of Spotify version 1.0.42. The update is still not widely available as of this report, but it should be rolling out to Windows, Mac, and Linux machines in the next few days.
Once the update rolls out, Spotify will automatically install the update when you restart the app. If the update is available but you haven't installed it yet, a blue reminder will be displayed asking you to restart the app.
If you rely on Spotify daily for your music streaming needs, please apply this update immediately when available. Your SSD's (and hard drive's) life depends on it.