It’s Friday night in the US, and music hasn’t been on Spotify for a while for a lot of people there. Users reported that streams suddenly stopped, and for people who have unsubscribed, some say they are unable to log back in.
The outage garnered over 30,000 reports on DownDetector.com, which began just before 8pm ET and has been rising sharply since. A status page for the company’s web API indicates a “minor” partial outage affecting only the player itself, which is consistent with what we’re seeing – but that’s also the most important part of Spotify.
The Spotify Status Twitter account confirmed the issues just before 9pm ET, tweet“we’re looking into that,” and finally followed up at 11:16 p.m. ET with a post saying “it’s looking a lot better now.”
The last time we experienced this type of service-wide outage for Spotify, a Google Cloud issue was the culprit, but so far there’s no indication of a major cloud or routing issue that might have impacted other services.
If you still can’t stream your music, you might need to pass the aux cable to someone who doesn’t have a Spotify subscription (that person is easy to identify, they’re the only ones who didn’t post a Spotify subscription a few ago a wrapped image on social media for weeks), or do something as archaic as rely on downloaded MP3s or some sort of physical medium.
Update 11:25pm ET: Updated with news from Spotify that service appears to have been restored.