It’s been one month since I decided to try out Spotify again. I had been a user a few years ago, but ultimately switched to Rdio then back to iTunes.
The transition went well. I just replaced the iTunes icon on my dock with Spotify, but I’m still retraining myself to type “spot”, instead of “itu” in Alfred.
Having a massive music library just a search box away is amazing, and the offline support is fantastic. I haven’t come across any music Spotify is missing that I really want to listen to, with the exception of Taylor Swift.
It hasn’t all been roses. There was an issue that took a while to track down. I would play a song, and switch back to Xcode. A few minutes the music would cut out for a second, then come back. This would happen consistently. The files were cached for offline so it wasn’t the network. After much Googling I hadn’t turned up much expect for re-installing (didn’t work). Then I remembered App Nap.
App Nap is a Mac feature that will sleep backgrounded applications to save on CPU and battery. Sure enough Spotify was opted into App Nap. In Finder pressing cmd-i on Spotify and checking Prevent App Nap fixed the problem.
Overall Spotify has been a great experience so far. It will take quite a bit for iTunes to become my default audio player again.
If the “Prevent App Nap” checkbox isn’t showing up for you, open Terminal and type.
defaults write com.spotify.client NSAppSleepDisabled -bool YES