Ok, this is another post related to saving more disk space, particularly in the context of using a small SSD drive. My Kingston SSDNow SNM225-S2 (Intel X-25M) SSD’s capacity is only 80 GB and there is a constant need to have less clutter and pack more useful stuff into it. In my previous post I explained how to snatch back disk space from the jaws of Gmail, and I’ve been since monitoring who are big “squatters” on my disk. It turned out that the client for the popular music service Spotify can actually use more space than it really should.
If you’re using Spotify, then you probably already know that you can set the size of the cache anywhere between 1GB and 4GB, or even set it to automatic handling.
Naturally I have set the cache all the way from 4GB down to 1GB. But thinking about it, I really don’t need as much cache as 1GB – that’s still quite a lot of music (at non-premium bitrate) taking up disk space. I figured out that it is actually possible for Spotify to use less than 1GB cache – I have set mine to 384 Mb, which should be perfectly adequate for my listening habits.
First quit Spotify if it’s open. Then go to ~/Library/Application Support/Spotify/
Edit the file “settings” with a plaintext editor – change the “cache_size” value to the wanted size in megabytes.
Save the file, start Spotify. Even though the preferences in Spotify will show as if you are still using the minimum “allowed” cache (1GB), you’ll be using less than that – if you watch Finder, you’ll see you have freed extra disk space.
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